With back-to-school season in full swing, The First Tee National School Program is ready to rollout in even more schools across the nation thanks to Under Armour’s Birdie Campaign benefiting The First Tee.
Birdie Team athletes Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan, Gary Woodland and Scott Stallings combined for 226 birdies and four eagles in the six tournaments (RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Well Fargo Championship, HP Byron Nelson Championship, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial the Quicken Loans National); enough to bring The First Tee National Program to 17 elementary schools this fall.
“Under Armour is proud to partner with The First Tee as we work together to grow the game of golf for future generations,” said Ryan Kuehl, Category Director, Global Golf and Tennis, Under Armour. “The individual commitments of Hunter, Jordan, Scott and Gary to The First Tee are testaments to the dedication of Under Armour to empower all athletes.”
Spieth led the Birdie Team with 76 birdies in the campaign’s span, followed by Mahan with 61, Woodland with 56 and Stallings with 32. The campaign also saw plenty of support on Twitter by way of the #BirdieTeamUA hashtag that helped raise awareness for the players as well as The First Tee.
The First Tee National School Program was introduced in more than 6,000 schools and 800 school districts across the U.S. at the end of 2013. That number will increase significantly with 12 regional in-person National School Program trainings across the nation in August.
Launched in 2004, The First Tee National School Program curriculum integrates golf skills and motor skill development with character education and wellness. The program is designed for physical educators to use a P.E. setting to introduce their students to the game of golf and its inherent values. With the inclusion of The First Tee Nine Core Values and The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits in the National School Program curriculum, The First Tee is able to extend its reach to those who might not have ever attempted or had access to the game of golf.