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 The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties

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Beginning April 22, Cherokee County youth ages 5 and older will be taught The First Tee Nine Core Values™ and Nine Healthy Habits™ through the game of golf at Cherokee National Golf & Recreation Club (CNGC). Through The First Tee teachings, participants learn to transfer the positive values of golf to everyday life. The curriculum is delivered by trained coaches and volunteers.

“We are excited to enhance our junior golf credentials through The First Tee program and grateful to the Spartanburg chapter for embracing the partnership,” said Charles Banks, CNGC President. “Through The First Tee, our kids will develop the skills to be more successful in golf and in life.”

Kyle Parker has been named CNGC Site Coordinator and is recruiting a corps of volunteers to help implement The First Tee program. Head Golf Coach at Byrnes High School, Parker recently earned The First Tee Level I Coach designation. Key assistance will be provided by Danny Agapion, CNGC Head Golf Professional and certified PGA instructor. Agapion was recently appointed to serve a 3-year term on The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties Board of Directors.

 “The success of The First Tee program relies on trained coaches and volunteers who care about the future of our kids and our communities,” said Fran Dunn, Executive Director of The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties. “The First Tee curriculum is activitybased, which makes learning fun. We look forward to building character through golf in partnership with CNGC and Cherokee County schools.”

In addition to afterschool / summer programming at partnering golf courses, The First Tee is taught “in school” by PE teachers during school hours. Grassy Pond Elementary is piloting The First Tee National School Program (NSP) thanks to support from The Hamrick Mills Foundation, Inc. Grassy Pond is one of 28 area schools and 5,300 schools nationwide to deliver The First Tee curriculum. Dr. Quincie Moore, superintendent of Cherokee County Schools, is an avid proponent of NSP.

“The First Tee promotes the attributes that we seek to instill in our students,” Moore said. “We look forward to cultivating community support to bring The First Tee program to each of our elementary schools.”

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