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December 5, 2011

Local Partner Expands Programming in CCSD Schools

During the 2011-2012 academic year, The First Tee of Greater Charleston has expanded its partnership with Charleston County School District (CCSD) to now provide instruction in the fundamentals of golf to 7,000 students at 20 elementary schools across the county. This partner is also offering opportunities for students who have advanced beyond basic First Teeprogramming. By introducing children to the sport, The First Tee complements the district’s efforts ensuring student and employee wellness.

First Tee instruction occurs during physical education classes at each of the program sites. The program emphasizes nine core values that students can incorporate into their lives on and off of the green. The organization also offers opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of the sport. For example, this fall, the Nationwide Tour Championship at the Daniel Island Club hosted junior clinics during practice rounds. Students from six CCSD elementary schools attended clinics with Nationwide Tour professionals who shared inspiring stories about their careers.

Ben Grandy, Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Charleston, remarked, "The First Tee greatly appreciates the Nationwide Tour, the Daniel Island Club, the student transportation First Teeservices, the school district and our National School Program instructors for their gracious efforts in making this event possible."

The First Tee is expanding its programming to now also provide opportunities for students who have excelled at the sport and who wish to build upon their basic skills. During 2012, the organization will offer field trip opportunities at local golf courses. An inaugural National School Program Champions Cup tournament will allow CCSD students the opportunity to compete for a district-wide title and bring home a trophy for the year.

For more information on The First Tee of Greater Charleston, visit the organization's website.

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