How important is it to get our youth moving? With one-third of all kids now overweight or obese,* organizations across the country are finding ways to fight this epidemic. The First Tee is doing our part by encouraging kids and teens to get active and stay healthy with The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits.
One of our chapters, The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield, recently partnered with Movin’ Mania to host a “Get Movin’ Sports Camp” for about 60 inner city youth at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia.
The Sports Camp featured a different activity each day, hosted by a variety of sports organization including the Richmond Raiders (professional arena football), the Richmond Kickers (soccer), the Washington Redksins and The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield!
For the majority of the youth attending the camp, it was their first experience with the game of golf and its inherent values.
Paul Sargent, director of golf operations and a Level III coach at The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield, and Emily Weinstein, Director of Programming at The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield, led the day’s activities which started with the Healthy Habit “energy.”
The kids also rotated through six stations:
- Aiming with respect
- Putting with courtesy
- Chipping with confidence
- Chipping with integrity
- Full swing with responsibility
- Full swing with honesty
Following a water break, the boys played a game of golf football with Coach Paul and the girls played a game of golf baseball with Coach Emily (think football and baseball with big plastic golf clubs and tennis balls).
“Fun was had by all,” said Emily. “And since the camp, we’ve had several participants enroll in our summer camp at The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield through our scholarship program. A win-win for all!”
Movin’ Mania is a Bon Secours Health System initiative aimed at teaching young people the importance of getting outside, staying active and making healthy choices for life.