For the 15th year, the Sedalia Police Department is hosting its annual golf tournament to raise local-only funds for the Sedalia DARE program.
Funds from Tuesday’s golf tournament will go straight to helping local students, and Officer Rodney Collins said he thinks the DARE program is a worthy cause because they’re teaching life skills to area youth.
“We’re not only teaching kids how to say no to drugs, but we’re also teaching them life skills like consequences,” Collins said. “Some kids may have no idea about some of the harmful effects of drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and meth.”
This year is Collins’ 24th teaching the program. Every year, he said every kid seems to walk away with some new knowledge they may not have had before.
“Not only do we teach about consequences, but we teach about peer pressure, teach about self-esteem,” he said. “I think it’s a worthwhile program.”
Collins helps run the golf tournament, but don’t expect to see him pick up a golf club.
“I don’t play golf,” he said. “I just help run the tournament, but this program has been very near and dear to my heart since I’ve been an officer. I just want it to be successful.”
The tournament has raised as much as $4,000 in the past. The tournament is typically scheduled on a weekday, but the police department hosted the tournament on a weekend in September last year with only six teams participating.
“A lot of people had stuff going on on the weekend, and there are a lot of activities in Sedalia held on Saturdays,” Collins said. “We went back to holding it during the week. In years past, we’ve had as many as 18 or 20 teams. Last year we were a little light on golfers, and that’s OK. We were still successful.”
Collins said the golf tournament has been mostly successful every year.
“Like I said, all the money we raise stays right here in our own community,” he said. “It takes care of all the supplies that we need to continue to keep our program running.”
The DARE program is also not supported by tax dollars.
“We rely only on the donations that we get,” Collins said. “That’s how our program stays afloat.”
Tee time starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elm Hills Golf Course. The tournament is a three-person scramble, with a cost of $150 per team or $50 per person, and it costs $50 to be a sponsor.
The registration fee includes 18 holes, a cart, refreshments and dining from local businesses. The tournament includes trophies for first, second and third place finishes, as well as prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin. The rain date is Thursday.
Registration is open until tee time. For more information about the Sedalia DARE program or the golf tournament, contact Sgt. Brad Beard, Officer Rodney Collins or Officer Derrick DeSalme at 826-8100.