The core values and life skills taught through golf to children and youth 5-17 years old are:
For more than 22 years, First Tee – San Joaquin has been using the platform of golf to provide innovative and experiential learning opportunities for young people. Character education and long-term life skills are at the heart of their programs, which are delivered by coaches who have been trained in positive youth development. The mission of First Tee – San Joaquin 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. This mini-grant will be used to provide “Golferships” to underserved youth to participate in First Tee programs. Participants are taught golf basics related to grip, stance, and swing. Volunteer coaches work in small groups to develop chipping, putting, and full swings.
“Any time character education is built into activities for our youth, it makes a huge impact on our communities,” states Aaron Judge, Founder of Aaron Judge ALL RISE Foundation. “First Tee Golferships will enable kids to participate that may have never had the chance.”
The Mini-Grant Award Program is possible due to the generous sponsors of the inaugural Aaron Judge ALL RISE Foundation fundraiser held in Linden in January 2019. All funds raised at this event go directly to children and youth programs in San Joaquin County that support ongoing education and citizenship.