Supervisor Tom Croci

Par F.O.R.E Initiative to Continue in Islip Town

Islip, NY – Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron is pleased to announce that the Par F.O.R.E. program for at-risk youth will once again be available to Islip’s children.

The Par F.O.R.E. project (Fellowship, Opportunity, Resilience, and Empowerment) provides golf instruction to at-risk youth within our Town, specifically in the Brentwood, Central Islip, West Islip, and Bay Shore areas. The goal of the program is to expose the participants to an environment free of gang and drug culture. Now entering its seventh year, the Par F.O.R.E. program enjoys discounts at the Brentwood Country Club and Gull Haven Golf Course.

“There are many members of our community with reason to be grateful for the Par F.O.R.E. program,” said Councilman Flotteron. “The program is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are proud to be part of their efforts.”

Participation in the program has increased every year since its inception, and will soon be expanding its outreach into the autistic community. Students from Stony Brook University and the Touro College of Health Sciences help mentor the students by bringing them out of the course and steering them toward a better future.

“Sports and Fitness opportunities for typical children are plentiful in the Islip Community. Parents of typical children have access to some of the best sports camps and programs in the country. However, children with special needs or exceptional children have limited access to such programs,” said Alex Lopez, of Par F.O.R.E. “Exceptional children are often deprived of opportunities to use their bodies in a manner that would actually help them socially, academically, and developmentally. The program I have developed is looking to level the playing field for exceptional children.”