For over 20 years, the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Awareness) program has educated and empowered school children attending Hopkins County school districts. Also doing it’s part, the non-profit Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association supports daily operations and special projects of the Sheriff’s office like Blue Santa, the annual Easter Egg/Cookout Event, the “Officer Down” project and D.A.R.E. to name a few. Now, reviving a popular fundraiser, a golf tournament is planned to benefit ongoing work by both organizations. Three members of local law enforcement visited the KSST control room during the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay, bringing information about the tournament.
Steve Shing serves as a Hopkins County Reserve Deputy, as Secretary for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Posse, and as co-organizer of the golf tournament. Shing explained that it will be held at Sulphur Springs Country Club on Monday June 3, 2019 in a Scramble format with a maximum of 144 players in four-person teams. A hamburger lunch and registration begins at 12 noon with tee-off at 1pm. There will be trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as trophies for long drive and closest-to-pin contests. Various other contests will also be held throughout the tournament.
Kelly Wiser has been employed by the Hopkins County Sheriff’s office for the past 8 years. Now D.A.R.E. officer, Wiser feels it’s the right time to revive the D.A.R.E. golf tournament tradition, because fresh support as well as funding is needed. D.A.R.E. offers substance abuse prevention education for students from kindergarten through 12th grade at their schools in a police-led series of classroom lessons. These lessons educate on how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. Sgt. Wiser feels strongly that D.A.R.E. education truly helps equip students to better face the influences of drug use and abuse. If you like to play golf and support a good cause, there is still room for a number of teams to sign up. Just call the Hopkins County Sheriff’s office at 903-438-4040.
Wade Sheets is an Investigator for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department and serves as President of the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association. He has been employed by Hopkins County for the past nine years and feels it is a privilege. He said, “when I get up in the morning, I don’t think ‘I have to go to work today’, I actually feel ‘I GET to go to work today’ because we have a great organization. We’re a team. Sheriff Tatum is 100% behind everything that is good for the community, and encourages all of us to be, too”. Sheets also related that the fundraiser tournament will help provide for cost of materials and supplies required to continue the many successful community projects carried out by the Sheriff’s Office.
To sign up for the June 3 tournament, reach out to any of the officers mentioned above or Nancy de Castillo at 903-438-4040. Or you may contact Steve Shing by phone at 903-348-1991 or email at [email protected]