Officials with Hazard Independent Schools say they are offering a new sport for the middle school this fall: Golf.
The game of golf has a character unlike any other sport. Somewhere between the displays of power and precision, and the natural beauty of its area, are qualities that, folks who play, say cannot be found anywhere else.
“You have to be honest when you're out there. Integrity. Learning respect for others,” says Dionna Akemon, golf coach with Hazard Independent Schools.
“Even though golf is an individual sport, I think being part of a team is always important to instill values for yourself and for others,” says Tracie Davis, an area parent.
This is why school system officials say they want to bring that experience to the middle school for the first time this fall.
“I thought, well I’ll probably have 10 or 20 that would be interested, and I ended up with 60 or 70 in the gym,” Akemon said.
Coaches say there are logistics ahead before the season kicks off, but for now, they are simply enjoying the experience of introducing a new generation of student athletes to the one-of-a-kind game.
Although the summer activities are composed of elementary school students as well, the fall team will only be available to students enrolled at the middle school.