Posted: 12/17/2012

The First Tee Partners with Springfield College to Provide Family Resources for Chapters

St. Augustine, Fla. (December 10, 2012) – The First Tee, a youth development organization dedicated to providing character education programs through the game of golf, is partnering with the Springfield College Center for Youth Development and Research, a Massachusetts educational institution, to provide content to its chapters related to “family,” one of The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits topics.

The director of the Springfield College Center, Dr. Al Petitpas, is leading this initiative and has helped The First Tee with its youth development curricula through the years. The content will offer chapters educational resources in areas such as the role parents play in promoting academic and school engagement, communication skills and healthy family dynamics. It will also promote essential ways to create golf-related activities to engage families and promote communication.

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits™ is a framework for curriculum centered on nine health and wellness topics designed for easy understanding and learning by young people in The First Tee’s programs.  The First Tee defines family as a group of related (or in some cases, unrelated) people held together by bonds of love and affection.

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits was created in collaboration with the ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children. World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam serves as spokesperson. The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits are energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school and community.

The Center for Youth Development and Research provides consultation, evaluation and training services to organizations that strive to foster positive youth development. The Center staff has designed, implemented and evaluated several of the largest youth development through sport programs in the USA.

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About The First Tee
The First Tee (, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and on military installations.   

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 6.5 million young people in all 50 United States and six international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

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