ECISD PE and Health Coordinator, Michael Neiman, is a proponent of The First Tee National School Program and understands the impact that the program could have on students in Odessa, Tx. Coach Neiman has been with the district for over 30 years and before becoming an administrator, he was an elementary PE coach. Even though Coach Neiman is not a golfer, he knows first hand that the more options kids have, the better.
Some kids excel at team sports, others do better with individual sports. The First Tee National School Program gives the district an option to help kids realize their strengths and capabilities. Developing golf skills through the program is a plus, and developing life skills such as perseverance, sportsmanship, and honesty is invaluable. This golf and character-building program will be implemented in four ECISD schools this fall at the start of 2018-2019 school year. Our goal is to eventually have the program in all ECISD elementary schools.
First Tee West Texas Exe. Director Bill Kirby and local volunteer Rhonda Spykes, met with Coach Neiman and several ECISD coaches at the Inaugural ECISD Golf Tournament at Sunset Golf & Country Club on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The coaches are excited to get involved in the program and offered their full support.
This unique program comes at no cost to the district or tax payers. Each school is sponsored by private donations. First Tee West Texas is consistently working to connect with people in Odessa and Midland in order to gain support for this important program which we believe will empower youth and strengthen our communities.