The First Tee DRIVE: Reaching Kids & Teens Where They Are

Categories: I am the First Tee, Life Skills

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For 15 years, The First Tee has introduced millions of kids and teens to the game of golf and its inherent values. Seeking to continue its positive impact and take more programs to where young people are, the organization has launched The First Tee DRIVE. It is designed to Develop Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone who participates!

DRIVE 1Specifically written for coaches and volunteers at youth-serving organizations, such as the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs, The First Tee DRIVE uses a golf platform to seamlessly introduce The First Tee Nine Core Values to young people who may not previously have been exposed to golf.

The unique aspect of The First Tee DRIVE is that it modifies traditional sports—such as baseball, football, bowling and tennis—to incorporate the four basic golf shots: putt, chip, pitch and full swing. is interactive “games approach” helps develop golf skills in a fun environment, introducing young people to a sport that can be played for a lifetime.

DRIVE 2“The First Tee has been a great addition and quick success for the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, N.H. We have been able to put clubs in kids’ hands and get them to start learning golf on a level where safety and respect are the focus. Many of our participants are first time golfers and would not have this opportunity without this program. I am excited to see how The First Tee DRIVE will continue to grow and encourage kids to get involved in golf,” says Mike Burleson, Athletic Director, Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, N.H.

Piloted in 2011 and 2012, and rolling out in 2013, The First Tee DRIVE is already making a positive impact in more than 200 youth-serving organizations across the country. To learn how you can bring it to a location near you, visit www.thefirsttee.org.

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