The First Tee Richmond held their first ever Champions Day at the School Street driving range for about 100 5th graders from Richmond Public Schools.
The students were chosen by their school's PE teachers for their work in the classroom and in the gym. This was the first such day honoring local students and encouraging them to take up golf as a form of exercise and as a way to integrate the program's 9 core values into their everyday life.
The program’s objective lies in providing a complete golf program appropriate for today’s elementary school students and teachers with hopes of developing an appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game of golf. The First Tee National School Program enables teachers to introduce the sport of golf consistent with national physical education standards.
In total, 69 elementary schools will deliver The First Tee National School Program- 38 in Chesterfield County, 26 in Richmond City, three in Henrico County, and two independent schools, St. Christopher’s School and St. Andrew’s School.
Funding for this partnership is provided by The First Tee of Greater Richmond totaling a cost of approximately $700,000. The National School Program will reach an additional 35,000 youth in the Richmond area by the end of 2017.
“Expanding the National School Program allows for a significantly greater number of students to benefit from the introduction to a life-long sport and its inherent values,” Brent Schneider, Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Richmond states. “I believe that sports, specifically the game of golf, provide a platform to encourage core values and healthy choices and I am excited about the possibilities for the youth of our region.”