Former Knicks superstar and avid golfer John Starks joined children and parents at the Domus Chester Addison Community Center Saturday morning to speak on the link between leadership skills and golf. The event, hosted by Domus and 100 Black Men of Stamford, is part of an effort to support the center's new golf programs through international nonprofit The First Tee.
"So many kids in the community and their parents know who he is," said Chester Addison Community Center Director Michael Hyman. "But we knew that he loves the game of golf and added to that even more important, he's dedicated to working with young people for educational purposes."
"Golf is a game of fun just like basketball was for me, I get the same experience that I do in golf from a competitive standpoint," said Starks. "So it's going to teach the kids about being competitive, have integrity as well as build character in them."
The mentoring program uses the game of golf to help children on leadership skills by reinforcing the values of integrity, respect and perseverance.
"I haven't played golf before, but I've played basketball," said one child.
"I like golf, but it's really hard," said another child. "Basketball, I've played it for most of my life."
"I look at golf as a focus tool because every shot that you do on the court, you have to be focused on," Starks said. "So it teaches you no matter what, you have to focus every minute of the day. So hopefully with this program, it's going to inspire kids to do that."
"Whether the students go through it and become great golfers for the rest of their lives, there's an added benefit that they might have the exposure to it," said Hyman. "And there's a lot to be learned by doing that. The mentoring part of it is so important for us, we need to have black men involved with our children and making sure they learn more about life and that they're role models for them. This actually puts that into practice in a way that young and old can enjoy."
For more information on Domus and the Chester Addison Community center visit domuskids.org.