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The First Tee of The Palm Beaches Launches County After School Program
The First Tee of The Palm Beaches, a junior developmental "Life Skills" program delivered in a golf "classroom" has launched an After-School Golf Program at five Palm Beach County Elementary Schools near their West Palm Beach location at Dyer Park.
The Michael B Finnegan Learning Center, in Dyer Park. The West Palm Beach location serves many children’s developmental programs including The Boys and Girls Clubs of West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach, Urban Youth Impact, Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach Lakes High School ESE programs as well as a network of families with a disabled child that has been part of a curriculum delivered by The Children’s Golf Foundation over the past two decades.
Palm Beach County Elementary After-School administrators JoAnne Beckner, Elaine Cittadino and Irene Haines played critical roles in the huge responsibility for coordinating students, parents, transportation and risk management/safety issues with each school’s Executives and Boards and the administration and instructors of The First Tee of The Palm Beaches.
The forth and fifth grade boys and girls have entered a nine week course in the first level of certification of The First Tee Life Skills Experience called PLAYer. The five participating schools are:
Egret Lake Elemantary
Lake Park Elemantary
North Palm Beach Elementary
Seminole Trails Elementary
The First Tee challenges the notion that individuals can’t play the game until they have acquired sufficient skill and, instead, asserts that individuals can play and enjoy the game regardless of learned skill or born talent. The PLAYer level helps establish the foundation for young people to become life-long PLAYers of the game. While delivering life skills seamlessly with golf skills, we create opportunities for new PLAYers to get on the golf course and play as soon as they enter The First Tee. Kids are exposed to the game where and how it is played. Students enjoy learning the skills of the game while focusing on The First Tee Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment. Children are provided with opportunities for appreciating the game and for learning to respect themselves, others and their surroundings, and as a result, are better prepared to make important choices in their lives away from the golf course.
Each Chapter of The First Tee is an individual 501(c)3 responsible for it’s own fundraising. The Chapter depends on the generosity of corporations, organizations and individuals to support this After-School, and all other programs and fulfill our mission of impacting the lives of young people in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. To learn more about joining The First Tee call Program Director, Guy Ashley at 561-842-0066, and to make a charitable contribution, visit our website: www.TheFirstTeePalmBeaches.org
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Our mission of The First Tee of The Palm Beaches is to impact the lives of young people, including those with special needs, by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. A "Life Skills Experience" is learned by all participants through a foundation of The First Tee Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgement.
Through its network of more than 200 community-based Chapters and 700 program locations, as well as a presence in more than 2,600 elementary schools, The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org)