Thursday, July 13, 2000

Youngsters to learn values through golf

By John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Twenty-five players ages 8 to 10 will play a round of golf Saturday at Meadow Links Golf and Academy in Winton Woods Park as part of a program sponsored by the U Turn organization.

        The event is called “U Turn's Golf 2000,” and includes instruction, an awards ceremony and a picnic-style meal.

        “We use golf as a vehicle to help integrate positive attributes in kids as well as to instill discipline and patience,” said Stephen Blackwell Jr., director of U Turn.

        He and his associates at various churches, schools and recreation services throughout Greater Cincinnati chose the participants. The youth come from all over: Price Hill, Covington, Madisonville, Northside, West End, Over the Rhine, Clifton, Forest Park, Springdale, College Hill, Walnut Hills, Silverton and Wyoming.

        “There's a natural tendency for kids to hang out with other kids from their own neighborhood,” Blackwell said. “We wanted to join together different kids from different neighborhoods so they'd get fresh perspectives.”

        The event is sponsored by Deveroes, Kroger's and private donations.


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