Kids On The Hill
In 2017, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the Kids On the Hill Program. Kids-on-the-Hill introduces the game of golf and its life values to Police Athletic League (PAL) kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity and to continue nurturing their interest in golf by way of improving individual skills.
Their long-term goal is to provide, for those interested, caddie training, placement at golf courses in the area leading to possible college financial assistance through the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. During the season representatives of golf-related practices such as Manufacturers Representatives, Golf Course Superintendents and Club Managers make informal presentations on other careers in golf.With 80 campers, Kids on the Hill is a Police Athletic League program providing young people with golf instruction and access to golf
Kids on the Hill was formed in 2001 by Philadelphia native Jim Sykes.
As an ROTC Graduate in 1956, Sykes was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, United States Air Force. Sykes served three years in the United States Air Force as a multi-engine pilot and Supply Officer and was released from Active Duty in 1959 as a First Lieutenant. He then spent several years as President of a national golf advertising specialty firm before he entered the golf management field.
In 1975, Sykes was named Executive Director of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, he directed The Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Golf Association and the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust since the mid-1970’s until his retirement in 2000 to battle cancer.
He was an original Board member of the Philadelphia Scholastic Golf Association and served two terms on the Board of Governors of Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Jim founded Kids on the Hill, a non-profit that gives inner-city youth the opportunity to learn golf etiquette, rules, and history.
- Starting in May and running for eight weeks until the end of June we will be having a regionalized kickoff introductory program involving all PAL Centers. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm we will be working with 4 centers with about 40 kids participating in each session introducing them into the various aspects of the game of golf. This program will be conducted at the Walnut Lane Golf Club home and is intended to introduce children to the game of golf and hopefully identify those kids who would like to continue on with the second phase of our program. During this program, the total number of children exposed to the game of golf should be approximately 300
Professional Instruction: A Two-Part Program
- Starting at the end of June (once school is out) and running until mid-August we will be taking players that were identified as having an interest in golf (from phase one) but still need work on their game to various locations such as Five Ponds Golf Club, Spring MIll Country Club, Alverthorpe Park and Walnut Lane Golf Club to participate in the “Kids on the Hill” program. This phase will focus on the fundamentals of Golf. Areas that we will be working on will be Chipping, Putting, Driving, Long and Short Irons as well as Golf etiquette. Instruction will be provided by several area Golf Professionals. We anticipate involving approximately 75 kids per day (3 days per week). Time for this phase will be 12:00pm-4:00pm. During the Kids on the Hill program, several of our youngsters (with somewhat more knowledge and ability) will have the opportunity to play a round of Golf on several area courses. We anticipate involving 3 groups of 4 each time we take the kids on the course
- The last two days of camp will be the final touches of preparations for our KOH Scramble. The camp will culminate with a team scramble tournament and awards ceremony on the last day at camp. To learn more about the PAL Golf Program please contact the PAL Director at your local PAL center.