Starting this January , an estimated 10,000 Ysleta Independent School District elementary school students will receive an introduction to the lifelong game of golf, along with character education and healthy habits during their regular PE classes, through The First Tee National School Program™.
Nationally, over two million students and more than 4,200 schools currently offer The First Tee National School Program, which launched in 2004. The program’s curriculum is aligned with national standards and reinforces the physical activity objectives mandated through the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education (TEKS). PE teachers will receive a special in-person training to learn how to deliver the lessons.
“We are so excited to begin this program in the YISD,” said Kristi Albers, Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater El Paso, “and grateful for the grant we received from the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation to continue to the Ysleta District. In the fall of 2011 we introduced this program to the El Paso Independent School District and it’s been a great success. We are pleased to be able to expand this program to YISD. Golf is not just a lifetime activity; it’s something that families can enjoy together. The First Tee’s programming goes beyond golf lessons and benefits our participants in their daily lives.”
The First Tee National School Program helps students develop an appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game in each lesson; engages students in safe, fun lessons and activities that lead to motor skill development; and presents students with an introduction to the game. Students also are introduced to The First Tee Nine Core Values™:
honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment and perseverance. They will learn about physical, social, and emotional wellness through The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits™, which are integrated into each lesson. The program also assists students in transferring the skills and habits to other areas of their lives.
Media are invited to the special in-person training held Saturday morning (December 8, 8:30 am to 12:30 am), at Parkland Middle School (6045 Nova Way.). Representatives from the national office of The First Tee will be available for questions, as well as representatives from YISD. Over 40 elementary school teachers from both YISD and EPISD will participate in this training.
About The First Tee of Greater El Paso
The First Tee is a national non-profit youth organization where life skills and core values are taught through the game of golf. The First Tee Nine Core Values are: courtesy, responsibility, sportsmanship, respect, integrity, confidence, perseverance, judgment and honesty. The First Tee of Greater El Paso (www.thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org ), a chapter of the national organization, was formed in 2008 by local golf professional and former LPGA Tour Player, Kristi Albers (currently the Executive Director and Program Director), with El Paso County’s support. The First Tee’s programming ties together life skills, healthy habits and golf lessons in a fun and safe environment and is offered to youth ages 7-18, with special camps and sessions that are open to 5 and 6 year olds.