The First Tee of Indianapolis

The First Tee IndianapolisAs its name indicates, the First Tee organization is rooted in the game of golf. Developing champion golfers is one long-term goal the organization inspires to, but more importantly, The First Tee is dedicated to cultivating character by introducing its participants to life skills and values such as integrity and honesty through the vehicle of golf.

The First Tee Indianapolis has been active since 2003, but in the fall of 2008 the organization was rebranded with a new board and new leadership. The man at the helm of this empowering organization is Brad Beck, executive director. Beck is based at Eagle Creek, a 36-hole facility on the northwest side of the city and one of the two homes for Indy’s First Tee. Whispering Hills Golf Club, which features a nine-hole course and driving range, is the other nerve center for this non-profit entity.

A nationwide effort with more than 100 locations, The First Tee’s mission is the same everywhere,” To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”

The First Tee achieves its aims by teaching nine core values to its students:

The First Tee IndianapolisConfidence, Courtesy, Sportsmanship, Judgment, Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility and Perseverance.

The program, which is open to kids age 5-16 at a cost of $10 per session, provides progressive instruction on the golf course and through its life skills curriculum. The activity fee allows members to utilize the golf courses, Learning Center, and enters them into The First Tee Life Skills Experience; paying for their Life Skills materials.

Golf instruction is broken down into five skill levels: Player, Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace. Advancement to the next level requires an on-course skills review that evaluates a student’s golf ability and assesses whether he or she is ready to move on. Junior golfers will begin with the basics of the game and progress to more complex components of golf.

Paralleling the structure of the golf instruction program, The First Tee life skills curriculum is divided into three levels, starting with Par (for beginners) and progressing through Birdie and Eagle. A written test is also administered in order to determine whether or not a participant can advance to the next level in the life skills program.

At the end of both the golf instruction and life skills programs, participants will have gained crucial on- and off-course skills and learned important lessons that they can carry forward in the game and in life.

The First Tee Indianapolis

A number of fundraising efforts are annually undertaken by The First Tee in support of its various programs designed to educate kids in Indianapolis metro area academically, socially and physically. This June, Indy’s First Tee and Eagle Creek hosted the 1st annual Anthony Gonzalez First Tee Classic Golf Outing & Auction.

The event starring one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets on the Indianapolis Colts was a tremendous success, raising more than $65,000 for The First Tee.

“It is a distinct pleasure and privilege to lend my support to the efforts of First Tee of Indianapolis,” said Gonzalez. “Teaching and instilling core values in today’s youth is critical to our society’s continued success.”

Participants made generous financial contributions that will enable The First Tee to offer dozens of scholarships that will provide student access to its programs for all of 2009.

For more information on any of the activities and programs offered by The First Tee of Indianapolis, please visit the organization online at www.thefirstteeindy.org. To learn more about the national First Tee operation, please visit www.thefirsttee.org.

The First Tee Indianapolis

To learn more about the facilities and programs in Indianapolis, interested parties can also contact the offices at Whispering Hills (317-862-9000) or Eagle Creek (317-297-3366).

Executive Director Brad Beck can be reached at bbeck@thefirstteeindy.org, and Program Director Bill Krohne is available at bkrohne@thefirstteeindy.org.
 

 

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