The Midnight Golf Program Featured in the Wall Street Journal

A Patch of Green in Detroit

Popular Program in This Bankrupt City Teaches High-School Seniors a Lot More Than Golf

Inner-city Detroit might be the last spot you’d expect golf to crop up as a tool for pushing kids to college. But that’s the tool Renee Fluker latched onto a dozen years ago when she founded Midnight Golf. Three weeks ago, more than 400 high-school seniors, many of them from this city’s roughest neighborhoods, showed up for the program’s orientation session. Three hundred returned for interviews and 127 were finally accepted: That’s all the program has room for. Notifications were sent out late on a Friday to avoid the disruptions that took place at some high schools in previous years among students Midnight Golf couldn’t accommodate. Some required grief counseling.

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