Friday, May 9 2014, 06:35 PM EDT
Kids Learn Life Lessons Through a Golf Club
In many ways, golf is much like life.
Ups and downs come with successes and failures.
The First Tee of Chattanooga has been imparting golf and life lessons to hundreds of children over the years.
On Thursday, nine-year-old Sarah Rad sunk a putt from about six feet away during one of her skills set tests.
She's in her third season at The First Tee of Chattanooga and has reached the "par" level of the program. And she's learned a lot more than golf. Rad explained, "You're supposed to be, I guess, like honest. And you're supposed to be able to keep up with everything and it teaches you life lessons."
The program became a chapter of the national The First Tee in 2000. The First Tee of Chattanooga is a 501c-3 non-profit organization.
They work on all facets of golf and nine core values for life: respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, confidence, sportsmanship, perseverance, judgment and integrity.
Master Coach Kathleen McCarthy has been here from day one. McCarthy said, "Well I think it would be hard to live life without these values. And so if they already have them at home, the parents talk about how it's helpful for the kids to hear it in a different setting."
The life lessons roll out of games and tests.
Third year student Josh Cornell loves it. "Just having all the pressure on you, possibly, seeing if you're going to sink it," Cornell said.
This year, The First Tee of Chattanooga has branched out to the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga. They're literally taking the game to them. "I think the idea of being able to take a game that maybe they haven't seen. Certainly, probably haven't had an opportunity to play. It's just fun, something different, boradens their horizons a little bit," McCarthy noted.
Cornell spoke of the benefits, "It's kind of helped me in school, it really does."
Josh's game has come along and so has his retention about the core values. He ticked the ones off that first came to mind, "Honesty, I believe it's sportsmanship and sometimes respect I think."
More than par scores, The First Tee of Chattanooga wants the children to walk away with those values and life skills such as interpersonal skills, self management, goal setting and resiliency.
Eight classes cost $75 and summer sign-ups are underway.IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE, CLICK HERE.
by John Madewell
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