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The First Tee Coaches Change Lives

2015 MentorWe all know that a coach’s role in a young person’s life can be very influential. A coach can help a young athlete develop a positive attitude, love for the game, and respect for coaches, teammates and opponents.

Below is an excerpt from a speech given by Neha Sikand at the 2015 Network Meeting in Dallas, describing how her coach, Terri Benson, has positively impacted her life. Neha is an Eagle-level participant at The First Tee of Central Coast and was one of The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award finalists.

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Everything is Bigger in Texas…Especially The First Tee’s 2015 Network Meeting!

by Brad Bennett

David Feherty and Annika Sorenstam among attendees

The First Tee 2015 Network Meeting logoFrom March 11-14, a record setting 800-plus leaders from across The First Tee network will gather in Dallas, Texas to attend the biennial Network Meeting–a continuing education conference designed exclusively for The First Tee leaders.

For three days, the network will focus on maximizing The First Tee’s positive impact on young people and share ideas about how to continue to inspire staff, mentors, coaches and volunteers.

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I Am The First Tee: Daniel Dahlinger

Daniel Dahlinger_junior golfer 2If you’re a participant of The First Tee and you’re reading this, stay in The First Tee program. It has changed my life, and it continues to do so.

I can honestly say that being in The First Tee has introduced me to life skills and guided me through character development that has made me a better person.

My experiences as a participant and junior golfer have forced me out of my comfort zone, helped me develop leadership skills through experience, taught me how to deal with conflict and have made me the person who I am today.

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The First Tee Scholars Program–Recognizing Junior Golfers Who Excel In Academics

Scholars3_200x145pxThe First Tee encourages all-around excellence. Our character education and life skills programs help young people prepare for success both on and off the golf course. The First Tee Scholars Program in particular recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, leadership skills, character development, and chapter and community involvement.

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Shining A Spotlight On Our Partners: Thank You to Visionworks!

The First Tee at VisionworksVisionworks, a Silver Corporate Partner of The First Tee, provided 14 chapters across the country with free vision screenings to participants in 2014. Young people in need of vision correction were given a voucher for a free comprehensive eye exam and pair of glasses redeemable at any area Visionworks store.

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The First Tee Alumnus Takes on Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL

claymyers“Professionals show up every day.”
“Do not fear what they fear.”
“Golf is a game of integrity.”
“Persistence can change failure.”

These are the words written across Clay Myers’ white board, standing front and center of his small Orlando apartment. The pursuit to play professional golf is one of hard work, discipline and perseverance, but Myers isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. His hard work is finally paying off as this alumnus from The First Tee of Memphis takes on Golf Channel’s reality series, Big Break The Palm Beaches FL. Continue reading “The First Tee Alumnus Takes on Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL” »

Character Matters: From PE to the Classroom

IMG_7957-60The First Tee provides educational programs on golf courses, in youth centers and at elementary schools that help young people develop character while playing a fun game—golf!

The First Tee National School Program is designed to teach character education during PE classes, but core values like integrity, responsibility and confidence apply to every aspect of life.

These elementary schools are taking the core values and healthy habits beyond their school gym and into every classroom.

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Psst! The First Tee is Fun–Pass It On!

2014 NVFTO celebrating photoWe know The First Tee is fun.
You know The First Tee is fun.
Our participants know The First Tee is fun.
So let’s pass it on!

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Change a Life—Become a Mentor at The First Tee!

Did you know that January is
National Mentoring Month?

NSP 8We all know that a caring, trustworthy adult can make the difference in a young person’s life. You can be that difference when you sign up to be a mentor or volunteer at your local chapter!

Interested in becoming a mentor for junior golfers? Below are nine reasons why you should…

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It’s National Mentoring Month: Be a friend. Be a guide. Be interested. Just be there.

anti-bullying 2The First Tee loves National Mentoring Month!
Why?
Because there are more than 17,000 mentors and volunteers
in our network we get to celebrate all month!

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