Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 11, 2023 / 14:30 pm
The putting green is typically encountered on bright sunny days at local golf courses. But for a group of third- to eighth-grade boys at St. Michael’s School in the inner city of Fall River, Massachusetts, the golf clubs are swinging inside the classroom at 209 Essex St.
“Golf has always been considered a gentleman’s sport,” Father Jay Mello, the pastor of St. Michael’s Parish and School — and an avid golfer himself — told CNA.
Golfing is just one activity the boys at St. Michael’s School participate in as part of an after-school program called The Young Men’s Club.
The goal of the club is “to learn how to be gentlemen” amid a “societal masculinity crisis,” in which many young men are lacking the appropriate guidance on what it means to be a man, Mello said.