Develops Rewarding Inspiring Values for Everyone! We have witnessed this motto in action with the kids participating in The First Tee D.R.I.V.E. program in Odessa, Texas which launched in 2017. The Rotary Club provides volunteers to help implement and teach the program to about 35 kids from the Woodson Boys & Girls Club. Rewarding? Absolutely!
Our volunteers have committed that hearing 3rd through 5th grade kids use and understand words such as chip, putt, drive, as well as respect and courtesy, is rewarding. Observing these kids practice basic golf skills is rewarding. Visualizing the impact that these new words and skills could possibly have on their future is not only rewarding, but also exciting and heart warming.
Local high school and college golfers have assisted in our program and have inspired our girls and boys. The volunteers have made observations that many of the kids might already have enough basic golf skills to try out for, and make, a middle school golf team.
Will the kids stick with it and try out for the middle school, then a high school golf team? Will they continue to develop golf and character skills and have college scholarship options? We hope so. But we know that without this important program, the answers to those questions are “doubtful” and “probably not”.
The First Tee D.R.I.V.E. program has made a difference in the lives of these boys and girls, and we know that they’ll have options in their future that may not have been realized without the vision and efforts of a few community-minded individuals.