WORKING WITH ALBANY P.D.
Albany’s Hook a Kid on Golf program has been working with the Albany Police Department, the Salvation Army and the YMCA’s summer program at Giffen Elementary School. Hook a Kid expands to reach kids in the heart of Albany.
Albany Police officer Gary Tucker supervised the program, arranging for transportation and volunteer support. The program’s lead instructor, PGA Professional Vinnie Manginelli, organized the instruction for the nearly two dozen young people – teaching the basics of the golf swing, while playing golf using a modified scramble format, and traffic cones for targets. The three-days-a-week, two-hour program lasted four-weeks using the football field nearest the city pool.during four weeks of golf camp at Lincoln Park.
Additional teaching support was provided by First Tee instructors Dennis McCormack and Dennis Corbitt who worked with the younger golfers providing age appropriate instruction. The two PE teachers used both Hook a Kid golf equipment and First Tee clubs and balls.
Corbitt, who supervised the last week of sessions, has 22 years of teaching experience. He taught at North Albany Academy last year and will be teaching at ASH (Albany School of Humanities) this coming fall.
McCormack teachers PE at Voorheesville elementary school and has a First Tee program that ends each year with 40 young golfers in a scramble format event at Hiawatha golf course. Both instructors were instrumental in helping the young people learn and enjoy the game.
Click here to listen to a conversation about Hook A Kid On Golf in Troy with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan that aired on the Capitalareagolf.com Radio show on Fox Sports 980: PeterRyan