Local Civic Club Volunteers Make a Difference

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.


Midland College – Kids College kicks off summer DRIVE program!

DRIVE program begins at Midland College this summer.

Drive kids

Midland College and it’s summertime Kids College will offer The First Tee – DRIVE program beginning in June of 2018.  Kids College – Golf instructor Kristi Seybert is a seasoned veteran teaching golf to youngsters at the summer college camp the past 5 years. However, this year will be different and Kristi is excited to be offering the The First Tee – DRIVE program for the first time. One big difference Kristi recognized is the Nine-Core Values she’ll be teaching alongside her golf instruction. Kristi says she’s expecting about 72 kids participating in DRIVE this summer.

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