ECISD Expands The First Tee Program

The ECISD is continuing to expand The First Tee National School Program (NSP) in Odessa, Texas. Today we’re announcing that in January of 2019 ECISD will add 11 more schools to the program.

On Friday December 7, 2018; Michael Neiman-ECISD P.E. and Health Coordinator provided First Tee West Texas Executive Director, Bill Kirby with the names of the eleven elementary schools in this expansion phase. They are:

Austin – Buice – Burleson – Burnet – Dowling – Goliad – Johnson – Pease – Reagan – Ross – San Jacinto

With this expansion ECISD will now have a total of 15 elementary schools and approximately 7,500 kids participating in the The First Tee programming.

MISD Adding 7 More Schools To The First Tee Program

MISD and First Tee West Texas will continue the planned expansion of The First Tee’s – National School Program beginning in the spring of 2019. On Tuesday November 28, 2018; Audra Hooker, Director of PE, Health, and Wellness provided First Tee West Texas Executive Director, Bill Kirby with the names of the seven elementary schools in this expansion phase. They are:

Bonham – Faskin – Henderson – Houston – Lamar – Long – Rusk

With this phase of expansion MISD will now have a total of 20 elementary schools and approximately 11,500 kids participating in the The First Tee programming.


ECISD Launches NSP in 4 Elementary Schools!

Odessa, Texas – Murray Fly, G.E. Buddy West, Milam, and Blackshear Elementary will be the first four schools to implement The First Tee National School Program (NSP) at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. This expansion will impact approximately 2,000 students ages 7-11.

First Tee West Texas has been working diligently with private donors and organizations in order to bring a new, quality curriculum to ECISD elementary P.E. classes.

We’re very excited to be a Partner in Education with ECISD and want to thank our generous First Tee West Texas supporters along with ECISD Superintendent-Tom Crowe, and Michael Neiman-ECISD P.E. and Health Coordinator.

The First Tee National School Program provides physical educators with everything they need to get students started including teacher training, equipment, and the curriculum lesson plans.

During P.E. classes students will not only learn basic golf skills but they’ll receive introduction and reinforcement of The First Tee’s:

Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment

Nine Healthy Habits: play, energy, safety, mind, family, vision, friends, school, community

MRT Spotlights Burnet Elementary

In the May 1, 2018 edition of the Midland Reporter-Telegram the spotlight was again shining on The First Tee locally and more specifically Burnet Elementary School. The article below spotlights the school’s active participation in the National School Program (NSP) including a few of the young participants at Burnet. Hats off to MISD and Burnet Elementary!

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MISD Officially Launches The First Tee National School Program

April 17, 2018 – Greathouse Elementary School, Midland, Texas

MISD along with partner, First Tee West Texas; held their official launch event announcing the arrival of the First Tee National School Program in Midland. Audra Hooker – MISD Director of P.E., Health, and Wellness made the initial selection of four schools to begin the programming. These four schools are Burnet, Franks, Greathouse, and Washington STEM Academy.  Each school began their NSP program in October of 2017.

Attending the event were MISD officials: Orlando Riddick-Superintendent and Audra Hooker along with 32 kids (8 from each school), PE instructors, and many parents. Additionally, the event was honored to have two special guests in attendance – Ms. Pepper Peete, Development Associate-Outreach from The First Tee national headquarters in St. Augustine, FL., and Midlands own Judy Rankin, World Golf Hall of Fame member and Golf Channel Lead Analyst for the LPGA Tour.

During the event the kids from the four elementaries demonstrated to attendees how their daily program lessons are preformed.

MISD is planning to add many more schools in the fall of 2018. ECISD is also planning this fall to launch the National School Program in their elementary schools.

For more information about the National School Program (NSP) and how your child can participate call:

Bill Kirby – Exe. Director (see contacts above)

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.


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