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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

Sixty youth from Richmond attend Movin' Mania Sports  Camp

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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From Boxing Rings to Golf Courses: Remembering My Father, Joe Louis

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. plays with his father, boxing champion Joe Louis. Circa 1953.

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. plays with his father. Circa 1953.

A Father’s Day reflection by
Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.,
Chief Executive Officer, The First Tee

I was first introduced to the game of golf when I was five or six years old.

My father [former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis] would take me to Pipe O’Peace Golf Course (renamed in 1986 to Joe Louis “The Champ” Golf Courseoutside of Chicago where he passed along his love of the game.

However, Dad’s love of golf was actually a past-time that worried his promoters.

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Because of The First Tee, Brittany has Learned to ‘Dream BIG’

Brittany Woo

“There are three simple words that have changed my life: THE FIRST TEE.

Because of The First Tee I learned how to have fun, to dig deep, to stretch, to dream big.

My story with The First Tee begins with learning how to have fun.

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I Am The First Tee: Michael Chan

Michael Chan 1Our blog series, I Am The First Tee, features current and former participants who share how The First Tee has made a difference in their lives.

This month features Michael Chan from The First Tee of Smyrna. He reflects on which life skill has changed his approach to decision-making.

 

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