First Tee began in 1997 and is now in nearly 5,000 schools across the country. The mission of the organization 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. Life skill lessons taught include how to manage emotions, how to set goals, how to resolve conflicts and how to communicate with others. First Tee’s program is geared to elementary students, but older students can also benefit.
Community Action of Topeka will help find sponsors to fund the programs at schools. The First Tee program will be introduced to students throughout the new school year.