At the urging of the Sports Illustrated Golf Group, Golf course architect Tom Doak is building a facility in Detroit for Midnight Golf, a program that teaches inner-city kids life skills and an appreciation for golf.
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Midnight Golf was featured in GOLF Magazine in the June 2010 issue. The article was written by Alan Bastable.
Golf is not the kind of thing you expect to thrive in any metro center—and as for the Detroit area, well, you know, golf is reserved for those tony folks outside of town in their country clubs, right?
Asking celebrated golf course architect Tom Doak if he'd take time out of his globetrotting schedule to design a practice facility for a grassroots golf program would be a little like asking Frank Gehry to build a tree house for a troop of boy scouts.
Golf has always had the ability to inspire players and fans alike, but now the sport's motivational qualities are being used to attract and help those on the fringes of the game.
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Golf Channel's Rich Lerner reports on the expansion efforts of Midnight Golf, a program designed to help under-privileged youth learn life skills through golf education.
From Golfer'sGuide.com: South Florida is now the second U.S. location to adopt the Midnight Golf Program, a venture designed to empower underserved youth through the game of golf that began in Detroit in 2001.
From PGA.com: South Florida is the new home for the Midnight Golf Program, an acclaimed initiative that gained national attention for its unique blend of serving young adults' personal development, educational preparedness and appreciation for the game of golf.
Reneé Fluker is a single mom who started Midnight Golf program in Detroit in 2001 to give kids an alternative to street life.
The Midnight Golf Program was recently honored as "Champions in Action."
Reneé Fluker was awarded the Biggest Giver Award from Tom Joyner, honoring extraordinary people who go beyond expectations.