Military children welcome at local ‘First Tee’ at no-cost for participation

| June 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

The First Tee
News Release

The First Tee of Hawaii participants at their home practice facility, Camp Homelani in Waialua. (Courtesy Photo)WAIALUA — The First Tee of Hawaii will offer golf instruction combined with character and life skills education to children of National Guard, Reserve and active duty Soldiers. 

This initiative is made possible as part of a two-year agreement between The First Tee, a nation-wide youth development program, and the Department of Defense. 

“We are honored to have the opportunity to introduce our positive youth development programs to children of those serving in our armed forces,” said Joe Louis Barrow Jr., chief executive officer, The First Tee. 

“The First Tee Life Skills Experience teaches young people core values such as honesty and respect, as well as important life skills such as managing emotions, goal setting, interpersonal communication and effective conflict resolution,” Barrow added. “The program goes far beyond teaching fundamental golf skills.”

Trained coaches and staff offer a progression of lesson plans that create a fun and safe learning environment. The curriculum fosters curiosity about the game of golf and teaches how positive values inherent in the game can be used at home, in school and in other areas of everyday life.

“Parents, teachers and communities have embraced our mission after seeing firsthand how the core values associated with the program help young people succeed,” Barrow said. “We expect to have a similar level of meaningful impact on the children of service members. 

“When you think about the sacrifices being made by the men and women serving in the defense of our country, supporting this group of young people and military families with these types of programs is tremendously important,” he continued.

Independent research findings since 2003 outline evidence of the effectiveness of The First Tee life skills programs, and indicate that participants demonstrate desirable qualities such as confidence, character, judgment and perseverance over time.

New sessions start throughout the year and dates/times vary by location. Military parents may e-mail kwz711@hawaii.rr.com, call 478-3466 or visit www.thefirstteehawaii.org for more details.

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