Teachers from across the Dysart Unified School District kicked off a new partnership with The First Tee of Phoenix as the teachers participated in professional development that incorporates golf and leadership into physical education curriculum.
The First Tee of Phoenix generously donated all equipment to the district’s 19 elementary schools. All K-8 schools received golf equipment and curriculum through the generous $60,000 grant.
“This is a perfect example of how community partnerships can open up opportunities for students.” says Jim Dean, the district superintendent for support services. “We are excited to work with the First Tee and look forward to our students enjoying the game of golf.”
The curriculum developed by The First Tee is aligned with and meets national standards developed by the Society of Health and Physical Educators and all educators delivering the program are formally trained and certified by the First Tee.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Dysart Unified School District to further our mission of exposing children to character and life skill education derived from the great game of golf,” shared Kevin Terry, the executive director for The First Tee.
The First Tee of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by The Thunderbirds for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf learning facilities for young people in Maricopa County from all walks of life, particularly those who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play.
As one of the largest chapters in The First Tee Network impacting more than 130,000 youth annually, The First Tee of Phoenix offers classes, special monthly family events and tournaments as part of its programming.
Now with 16 locations in the Valley – Legacy, Talking Stick, TPC Scottsdale, Desert Mirage, Papago, Longbow, Lone Tree, San Marcos, Cave Creek, Encanto/Palo Verde, Aguila, Palm Valley, Valley Golf Facilities, Augusta Ranch and Briarwood Country Club – The First Tee of Phoenix programming sites serve as conveniently located places for participants to learn valuable life skills and character-building lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.
To learn more about The First Tee of Phoenix please visit www.TheFirstTeePhoenix.org or call 602-305-7655.
Photos of the Dysart professional training event are available here.