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The First Tee’s Top 3 Benefits of PE and Playing Sports

NSP 6Summer is coming to an end, but exercise and fitness shouldn’t stop when school starts. Experts agree that physical activity is essential to young people, and physical education helps instill the importance of playing sports and being active – even outside of school.

That’s why The First Tee National School Program introduces golf, values and healthy habits to elementary students during physical education classes. Continue reading “The First Tee’s Top 3 Benefits of PE and Playing Sports” »

How Did You Spend Your Summer? Alumna Tezira Abe Was Interning at Golf Channel!

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The First Tee alumna and guest blogger, Tezira Abe

Golf Channel, The First Tee’s proud media partner, has given three alumni of The First Tee a unique opportunity this summer…a 12-week internship at the Golf Channel studios in Orlando! The program allows these junior golfers to gain first-hand experience while developing work samples for their personal portfolio.

Applicants are required to have been former participants of The First Tee program, enrolled as a junior or senior in college, pursuing a career in marketing, communications or journalism and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The three junior golfers that make up the class of The First Tee Golf Channel interns are: Timothy Briones, programming; Zack Waxler, marketing; and Tezira Abe, digital operations. Tezira shares how The First Tee helped prepare her for this exciting experience.

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Learning About Life and Leadership Skills at The First Tee Academy

Participants at the 2015 Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Blaine, Minnesota

The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy participants

Congratulations to the 96 junior golfers from The First Tee network
who attended the 2015
Life Skills & Leadership Academy!

These teens had the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools and communities all while experiencing championship golf, career exploration and dorm living.

Deion Shepherd, an Ace-level participant from The First Tee of Raritan Valley, shares what he learned during the event. Also, be sure to check out this clip about the Academy that appeared on Golf Channel!

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Your Child is Never Too Old to Enroll in The First Tee

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Used with permission from The First Tee of Greater Charlotte

Chapters receive daily phone calls and emails inquiring about programming. What is the most common question? “Is my teenager too old to enroll in The First Tee?”

This question is tough to answer. Anyone passionate and knowledgeable about our programs will, without hesitation, respond “absolutely not!” However, most parents, and especially kids, need a little more understanding before clicking on that registration button.

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Youth from Richmond experience golf and The First Tee at Get Movin’ Sports Camp

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Sixty youth from Richmond experience golf and The First Tee at Get Movin’ Sports Camp

How important is it to get our youth moving? With one-third of all kids now overweight or obese,* organizations across the country are finding ways to fight this epidemic. The First Tee is doing our part by encouraging kids and teens to get active and stay healthy with The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits.

One of our chapters, The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield, recently partnered with Movin’ Mania to host a “Get Movin’ Sports Camp” for about 60 inner city youth at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia. Continue reading “Youth from Richmond experience golf and The First Tee at Get Movin’ Sports Camp” »

The First Tee Par-3 Championship: Shorter, Faster, MORE FUN

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Participants of the 2015 Par-3-Championship

In a fast-paced world, a four hour round of golf may not always be realistic. Could par-3 courses be the answer?

In 2014, we saw the PGA TOUR sanction it’s first tournament in history to use a par-3 course in official competition. In an interview with USA TODAY Jack Nicklaus said:

     “As an industry, we need to come up with new golf experiences, whether that is 60 minutes or 90 minutes, whether it’s six holes, 12 holes, or a par-3 course. We need to think in terms of shorter, faster and more fun.”

The First Tee is doing just that with our newest national event The First Tee Par-3 Championship. Continue reading “The First Tee Par-3 Championship: Shorter, Faster, MORE FUN” »

The First Tee’s Top 5 Reasons Girls Should Play Sports—Like Golf!

By Chelsea Coleman

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As LPGA players gear up to compete in the 2015 US Women’s Open, we at The First Tee are reminded of the lasting impact that sports, like golf, can have in a young girl’s life.

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Sara Rintoul’s “Best Day Ever” with Paula Creamer

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It’s not every day that participants have the opportunity to join The First Tee home office—and a professional golfer—to film a Public Service Announcement (PSA)…

…but last month, participants from The First Tee of Central Florida were selected to do just that with LPGA Tour pro Paula Creamer!

One particular participant, Sara Rintoul, had “the best day ever” when she was chosen to shoot a scene with Paula.

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The First Tee’s Top 10 Activities For A Great Summer

School Is Out and Summer Is In!

By Chelsea Coleman

Summer should be about building lifelong friendships, having a safe place to play and enjoying the outdoors. That’s why The First Tee is a great place to be this summer!

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