Mentoring youth was an obsession with Dr. Cuffee in all phases of his life as a teacher, coach, social worker, military commander and city manager. Having been an outstanding high school and college basketball player, he was especially interested in mentoring youth through sports.
This is best exemplified by the “Shoot for the Stars” basketball program. This was a summer basketball camp that he started twenty one years ago along with some of his basketball teammates and athletes he coached at Crestwood, Carver, and Oscar Smith high schools. The purpose of the program was to give the youth of the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake a chance to play basketball while receiving the special attention and learning the life lessons every child needs to become productive women and men.
“Shoot for the Stars” is still being hailed as a highly productive venture that has influenced and motivated many youth in the Cascade Park neighborhood.
Dr. Cuffee was recognized for his community service by such organizations as the following: Chesapeake Men for Progress; COMPA; City of Chesapeake Fire Department; Portsmouth Pan-Hellenic Council; Phi Epsilon Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and Youth Entertainment Studios.
As City Manager of Chesapeake, he initiated a program to encourage city employees to increase their involvement in community related activities.
In February 2007, the City of Chesapeake honored Dr. Cuffee by establishing a library-recreation center in his name.
Dr Cuffee passed away in June 2006. He is survived by his wife Mrs. LaBarbara Cuffee, a son, and a daughter.