MADISON, Wis. - The First Tee offers more than just a place to practice your swing – it offers college preparedness, too.
The organization helps students overcome financial barriers to get into the game of golf, but it’s much more than that. First Tee also focuses on life skills and core values, preaching honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and more.
One of the ways this program manages that is through a new initiative called the youth advisory council. Some of the older participants in First Tee are nearing graduation age, and as such, are preparing for the next step in their education. Mentors with the First Tee help to accomplish that – then let the kids hit the links afterward.
"It's most than just a golf program,” said Brad Munn, program manager. “We're trying to teach character and life skills."
"Golf is our hook, what we do to get them involved, but we try to teach more than just golf - how to be better people on and off the golf course."
The advisory council is still new but members hope to also give back to their community, with plans to work with the American Family Children’s Hospital in the future.
For more on the First Tee and how you can get involved, visit its website.
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