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The First Tee Program Introduced to the Golden Isles

National School Program begins with training for Glynn County Schools

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA – Students enrolled in all ten of Glynn County’s elementary schools will be introduced to the game of golf beginning this school year.  The First Tee National School Program will begin to impact elementary education due to the coordinated efforts of The Davis Love Foundation and the new Golden Isles Leadership Foundation, both 501c(3) tax exempt organizations.

The First Tee is an organization committed to spreading the skills and values of golf to youth around the world. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Since 1997, The First Tee has introduced more than 6.5 million young people to the game of golf and the core values of its program.

The Golden Isles Leadership Foundation was created to bring The First Tee to Glynn County and the surrounding areas.  The Davis Love Foundation, Founding Partner, will manage The First Tee efforts in this community for this new charitable board.  The program is made possible through proceeds generated by The McGladrey Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Event run by the Davis Love Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Golden Isles Leadership Foundation.  The McGladrey Classic takes place each October at Sea Island Golf Club.

The First Tee National School Program incorporates golf as part of the physical education curriculum.  There is no charge to the school system thanks to the support from the Davis Love Foundation and the Golden Isles Leadership Foundation.  “The Davis Love Foundation is extremely excited in our partnership with the Golden Isles Leadership Foundation to bring The First Tee to Glynn and our surrounding counties.  We feel that the values taught through this program will make a lasting impact on our future community leaders,” states Mark Love from the Davis Love Foundation.

Already more than 4,800 schools have implemented The First Tee National School Program around the country. The curriculum focuses on instilling a lifelong interest in golf through motor skill instruction, conceptual and developmental learning, as well as character development and wellness. Each lesson helps students to appreciate the personal and social values associated with the game of golf.

The program is catered to provide quality instruction appropriate for the elementary physical education setting, through trained instructors and engaging activities. Students are taught basic skills beginning with how to properly hold and swing a club and expanding through 24 lessons developed throughout their elementary education. The curriculum is developed according to the standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

The self-sustaining program includes training for the physical education instructors of each school. After the instructors have been trained, each school will receive age appropriate equipment, which includes oversized clubs, tennis-style balls and various targets, safe and appropriate for elementary students.

The Glynn County physical education teachers are scheduled to participate in training Tuesday, August 7th at Brunswick High School.

 

About The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org)

The First Tee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home offics at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and on military installations.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 6.5 million young people in all 50 United States and six international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

About the Davis Love Foundation

Established in 2005 by professional golfer Davis Love III, the Davis Love Foundation contributes to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. Headquartered in St. Simons Island, GA, the private Foundation provides a positive and far-reaching vehicle for creative solutions to social ills that affect children and their families. The ambitious mission of the Davis Love Foundation is to help build a better future for vulnerable children and their families who are at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. The Foundation provides grants and donations to community-based programs that focus on children and families in need.

About Golden Isles Leadership Foundation

GILF is a 501©3 nonprofit organization to  positively impact the lives of our local youth by providing structured educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  GILF was formed in 2012 to bring The First Tee to Glynn and the surrounding counties.  Implementing the National School Program in all 10 Glynn County Elementary schools is our first goal.  Joel Willis Jr serves as Founder and President of the GILF.  Please contact him for any inquiries at joel.willis@ioausa.com.

One Response to The First Tee Program Introduced to the Golden Isles

  1. Chris Brown says:

    Thank you for your support in bringing The First Tee program to the Glynn County Elementary Schools. We are very excited to have this program here at CB Greer. The training and new equipment will open up a new avenue in which the kids can participate in a lifelong activity. Thanks again.