By Rachel Maruno,
The First Tee Senior Manager, Coach Training
Young people today, especially girls, are experiencing more pressure than ever. Peers, parents, school and media all influence a girl’s concept of how she should look and act.
The First Tee junior golf and life skills programs strives to provide girls with the platform they need to become high-achievers in their personal goals, boost their self-esteem and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment.
Based on feedback from female golfers across The First Tee network, girls are more interested in participating and staying involved if they have more female role models. So we’re doing something about it!
For the first time in the history of The First Tee, a group of all-female trainers and home office staff, including myself, conducted a Level I coach training in San Francisco.
I was fortunate to be a part of this team of amazing women who are leading the way for other female coaches in network.
The opportunity to learn from, and work with these ladies was one of the most empowering experiences I’ve had. We fed off each other’s energy, and collaborated to create an amazing learning environment for the 40 coaches in attendance.
Of the 40 coaches, four were alumnae of The First Tee. They were some of the strongest coaches in the training because, as they shared with me, they know what traits and skills made the good coaches that they were connected with when they were in the program. Seeing their journey in The First Tee come full circle was very gratifying!
These girls really rock!