The First Tee of Tampa Bay’s Expansion Includes Two Free Community Programs

Jonathan Lampley, left, and Uriah Jenkins, both 13, work on their chipping at Mangrove Bay. First Tee serves about 1,400 children, teaching them golf and social skills at its clinics and after-school programs., LANCE ROTHSTEIN Jonathan Lampley, left, and Uriah Jenkins, both 13, work on their chipping at Mangrove Bay. First Tee serves about 1,400 children, teaching them golf and social skills at its clinics and after-school programs., LANCE ROTHSTEIN tampabayonline.com

 

Tampa, FL (Jan 9, 2018) – This New Year, The First Tee of Tampa Bay will reach tens of thousands of more kids through the game of golf. In 2018, The First Tee will implement the National Golf-In-Schools Program in every Hillsborough County public elementary school, reaching 150 schools and 75,000 students.

A program of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, The First Tee of Tampa Bay, is a non-profit youth development organization that provides local children with hands-on, interactive golf experiences. “The First Tee of Tampa Bay is committed to reaching as many children in Hillsborough County as possible,” says Executive Director Ian Baxter. “This expansion of the National Golf-In-Schools Program will go a long way toward that goal.”

Currently, The First Tee of Tampa Bay is in more than 130 schools reaching 65,000 children during PE classes. Students learn the basic skills of the lifelong sport of golf - putting them on the course to a healthy and active lifestyle.

In addition, The First Tee of Tampa Bay will launch two free community programs this month. Every Monday, starting Jan. 15, “First Tee Mondays” invites community kids of all ages to Rogers Park Golf Course from 4:30 to 6:30pm, where they’ll receive free golf instruction. “We want to give junior golfers a place to practice, allow the community to experience the game of golf and expose more people to our program and life skills,” says Program Director Mackenzie Mack, LPGA/PGA.

Also, every Friday from 4:30 to 6:30pm, all high school golfers of any skill level can come to Roger’s Park for free Players Club practice and games. The program covers golf instruction, golf/life skills and social events/field trips.

These new initiatives wouldn’t be possible with the generosity and partnership of Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa Sports Authority, The First Tee of Tampa Bay Board of Directors and donors. “We are truly fortunate to have such a strong and committed group of volunteers advocating for the First Tee program here in Tampa and securing the funds to make this program possible,” says Tampa YMCA President & CEO Matt Mitchell.

To learn more, go to www.thefirstteetampabay.org or contact 813.813.238.7320 or thefirstteetampabay@tampaymca.org.

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