By: Ed Stack Chairman & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods
Golf is such a special and unique game. It teaches character, integrity, respect, fair play, sportsmanship, and perseverance. What other sport is there where players call a penalty on themselves or disqualify themselves from a tournament because they made a mistake and broke a rule?
If we all lived our lives following the lessons and values learned while playing golf, our world might just be a better place.
We 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.
David Feherty and Annika Sorenstam among attendees
From 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.
If you’re a participant ofThe First Teeand 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.
The 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.
Visionworks, 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.