The First Tee of Eastern Michigan (TFTEM) currently offers it’s unique Life Skills and Junior Golf Program to children ages 5 -18 at five area locations with the addition of Castle Creek Golf Club in Lum (Attica) in 2015 and Seifert Golf Center (Grand Blanc) in 2016. In addition to Castle Creek & Seifert Golf Center, The First Tee offers summer programming at IMA Brookwood Golf Club (Burton) and Lake Nepessing Golfland (Lapeer). TFTEM will also be adding a fifth program location at Currie Golf Course in Midland this summer.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, TFTEM is partnering with the Crim Fitness Foundation to introduce the game of golf to students through community education. The opportunity will be available to students attending Flint Community Schools and the International Academy of Flint through the community schools program. Students will learn about the game of golf; not only how to play, but also the character development skills that are important to the game and how they translate to all aspects of life. We are very excited to work with students throughout Flint through the community education initiative.
The First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. At First Tee chapters, curriculum called the Life Skills Experience is used to teach young people skills including how to set goals, manage their emotions, make decisions and work well with others. It also teaches participants meeting and greeting skills and to appreciate diversity.
The First Tee coaches go through extensive training, helping to increase the on and off course success of all participants. Coaches go through a phased, educational training program that takes approximately two years to complete. As a result, The First Tee coaches are equipped to create positive relationships that inspire young people to look to their future, set goals and discover their individual potential.
“The best thing about The First Tee is that the kids think they are just learning golf skills when in reality they are actually learning so much more. They develop life skills such as self-management, goal setting and resilience which help them become their own ‘best coach’ in golf and in life” said Joe Simpson, Program Director for The First Tee of Eastern Michigan.
For additional details about The First Tee of Eastern Michigan contact Diane Wojciechowski, Executive Director at (810) 249-7060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org