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Top 10 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp

NSP 8Summer is just around the corner, which means if you’re a parent you’re probably busy searching for the best possible summer camp experience for your children.

Although the opportunities are endless, it’s important to make sure a camp or program is a right fit for your family. Where is it located? How long will my child be there? Is it safe? 

To help you find the best place for your child to spend their time this summer, we put together several key factors that parents should consider.

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Top Ten Reasons The First Tee National School Program is Unique

By Benna Cail
The First Tee, Senior Director,
Outreach Programs & Implementation 

0178_FirstTee_HendricksWhile The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf to elementary students during physical education classes, it’s so much more than golf. Our program provides opportunities to equip and empower students to overcome challenges in school and all areas of their lives, for a lifetime.

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Girls Golf: Leading the Way with Female Role Models

Rachel Maruno coaches young girls golf at The First Tee of North Florida.

Rachel Maruno, The First Tee Senior Manager of Coach Training, with girls at The First Tee of North Florida.

By Rachel Maruno,
The First Tee Senior Manager, Coach Training 

Young people today, especially girls, are experiencing more pressure than ever. Peers, parents, school and media all influence a girl’s concept of how she should look and act.

The First Tee junior golf and life skills programs strives to provide girls with the platform they need to become high-achievers in their personal goals, boost their self-esteem and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment.

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Sibling Rivalry Pushes Participants to Compete at Augusta National

Video_Grant and Tate HerrenbruckGrant and Tate Herrenbruck from The First Tee of Salina support each other as brothers, but push each other as rivals. It’s that playful, but competitive spirit that fuels everything they do.

While Grant participated in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals last year, this time he will be there to cheer on his 13-year-old brother Tate. Continue reading “Sibling Rivalry Pushes Participants to Compete at Augusta National” »

Meet Malia: Drive, Chip & Putt Finalist

Malia_3What would you give to play Augusta National Golf Club, the iconic course where players like Nicklaus, Palmer and Woods solidified their legacies?

For 12-year-old Malia Schroeder, a participant of The First Tee, a walk down Magnolia Lane and a round of golf on this prestigious course is becoming a reality as she heads to the Drive, Chip & Putt national competition.

The First Tee interviewed Malia as she prepares for the tournament.

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Ray Romano & Other Celebs Come Out to Support The First Tee of L.A.

BMW Celebrity Pro-AmMix in celebrities like Ray Romano, Heather Locklear and Joe Mantegna with some of the best players on the PGA TOUR and what do you have? An exciting Celebrity Pro-Am benefiting The First Tee of Los Angeles

Prior to the start of the 2016 Northern Trust Open, the inaugural BMW Celebrity Pro-Am was held at Wilshire Country Club.

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When Goals Become Reality: An Amazing Experience for One Junior Golfer

Derrick Ow

Derrick Ow

Why are goals important?

They motivate us.
They help us plan for the future.
They give us purpose.
They make us feel proud and satisfied when we reach them.

Junior golfer Derrick Ow from The First Tee of Monterey County knows all about the importance of having dreams and goals—a life skill we teach at The First Tee. After 16 seizures at the age of two, he lost his ability to speak and doctors said he wouldn’t ever be in a “normal” classroom. As a toddler, Derrick was diagnosed with autism. Continue reading “When Goals Become Reality: An Amazing Experience for One Junior Golfer” »

What These 6 Men Did on a Golf Course Changed the Course of History

By Ryan Wilson,
Manager of Program Evaluation & Assessment,
The First Tee home office
The Greensboro Six (photo credit: Joseph Rodriguez)

The Greensboro Six (L to R) Phillip Cooke, Samuel Murray, Elijah Herring, Joseph Studivent, George Simkins Jr. and Leon Wolfe (photo credit: Joseph Rodriguez)

Greensboro, N.C. earned its place in civil rights history thanks to the Greensboro Four who sat down at F.W. Woolworth’s segregated lunch counter and asked to be served a meal. 

But what many people don’t know is the trail of civil disobedience had already been blazed in Greensboro five years earlier. Before the sit-in at Woolworth’s, the lesser known Greensboro Six did something so brave it would serve as a catalyst for many other civil rights leaders.

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Is golf for your child? Your top 10 questions are answered.

Teeing offGolf is expensive. Golf is boring. Golf is slow. Golf is hard to learn.

How many times have your heard these misconceptions about golf? You may have even thought them yourself.

At The First Tee, golf is more than a game. And it’s a fun activity that can last your child a lifetime. Here are 10 things you need to know about not only the game itself, but how The First Tee does golf!

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