CARSON, Calif. --
Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force and Sailors with U.S. 3rd Fleet, participated in a golf clinic in Carson, California during Los Angeles Fleet Week, Sept. 3, 2016.
Prior to L.A. Fleet Week 2016, the Port of L.A. has been the venue for Navy Days for over a decade. Fleet week allows for more engagements with a community that is quick to show their support.
Teaching golf to the youth of the city is one particularly fun way to say thank you to the community. The service members served as coaches during the event, which was hosted by The First Tee Los Angeles.
“It’s truly amazing to see what our nation’s armed service men and women do for our country,” said Chris Steele, program director of The First Tee Los Angeles, “We truly appreciate the hard work they put in for us so we can come out and have fun days like this.”
The First Tee is a non-profit organization whose mission is to equip Los Angeles youth with life skills and core values including honor, integrity and sportsmanship. The Marines and Sailors made sure to share their values of honor, courage, and commitment as they introduced the game of golf to the L.A. children. Through golf, the junior athletes learned to practice good etiquette and sportsmanship.
“It’s nice to get out and meet the community and learn a little bit about each and every one of these kids who are striving to be better individuals,” said Sgt. Brandon Rowland, an explosive ordinance technician with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, currently attached to Task Force Los Angeles for L.A. Fleet Week.
The clinic blended technical aspects of golf and stations where they learned more about core values.
“We came out to help the kids learn the fundamentals of golfing,” said Rowland, “We have a few different stations set up to allow them to putt, practice their chipping and also to learn their core values while having fun playing the game of golf.”
The clinic provides the youth with better opportunities in life by opening doors to a hobby or career in golf, as well as core values that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
“To be a part of a non-profit industry and impact the kids who may or may not have a life-long hobby with golf, is truly rewarding,” said Steele.