Tee Time: Night Light Golf Tournament Supports CAPS

Ever played golf in the dark? On August 12, Child Abuse Prevention Services, or CAPS, is hosting an event unique to the Tuscaloosa community: a golf tournament played in the dark.

CAPS Executive Director Lisa Maddox said the annual Night Light Golf Tournament at the Ol’ Colony Golf Complex provides necessary funding to help prevent and treat child maltreatment in the community, through school-based and community-based programs.

“We provided programs in eight schools in Tuscaloosa City and County Schools, and we are trying to advance to more schools this year. Our school-based programs are designed to teach children how to set personal boundaries and what to do when those boundaries are threatened,” Maddox said. “We also teach life skills such as anger management, conflict resolution, impulse control and problem-solving.”

The Night Light Golf Tournament is a four-person scramble, with nine holes in the afternoon and nine holes in the dark. Participants can expect a barbecue dinner, a putting contest, a silent auction, and more. Prizes are donated from local area businesses, including a vehicle from Carlock Kia for anyone who makes a hole-in-one.

 Maddox said CAPS has built a strong relationship with the community since its formation 39 years ago, adding that the golf tournament provides the funds necessary to increase programs at no cost to the community.

“We offer a 12-week parent nurturing class, a program for expectant mothers, programs on internet safety, on recognizing and reporting child abuse, and on understanding prenatal drug and alcohol exposure.”

During 2015, the Department of Human Resources had over 400 reports of child maltreatment in Tuscaloosa. According to 2014 national statistics, there were nearly 8900 cases of child maltreatment in the state. The numbers do not reflect the actual cases, Maddox said, because 60 percent of the victims never tell anyone.

For more information on how to register for this year’s Night Light Golf Tournament or learn more about CAPS, contact Child Abuse Prevention Services of Tuscaloosa, Inc. at (205) 758-1159 or visit capstuscaloosa.net.

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