With the 2012 Ryder Cup underway, young Kentuckians are learning important life skills playing golf after being introduced to the game through The First Tee program at the MAC. The MAC is home to one of the first rural affiliate First Tee programs in the nation and the first outside of Lexington and Louisville in the state of Kentucky.
The MAC offered two sessions of The First Tee program this summer. Children in the entry level PLAYer course had the opportunity to learn fundamental golf skills, make new friends, and most importantly, acquire life skills and core values that transfer from the golf course to other areas of their lives including the classroom.
“We had nearly 100 kids participate in the program this summer. We were thrilled to have that kind of response with just two sessions,” said Aaron Greenwell, Executive Director of the MAC. “Research has shown that children are more confident in their ability to do well academically after completing the program, so we were excited to help kids get off to a great start in the new school year.”
The program is designed for children ages five and older and focuses on positive values identified with the game of golf. These values, known as the Nine Core Values™, include courtesy, responsibility, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance and respect.
More than 6.5 million children have participated in The First Tee program nationwide since it was started in 1997.