THE FIRST TEE RECEIVES $40,000 GRANT FROM THE FLORIDA GOLF LICENSE PLATE FUND
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla– The First Tee has received a $40,000 grant from the Florida Sports Foundation to implement The First Tee National School Program this year in 18 elementary schools in Hillsborough County.
More than 9,000 students a year will benefit from the National School Program, which introduces young people to golf, etiquette and The First Tee Nine Core Values as part of a structured curriculum that encourages personal character development in lessons taught during P.E. classes.
Grant awards made through the Florida Sports Foundation Junior Golf Grant Program are funded through the sales and renewals of the Golf Capital of the World license plate and are intended to assist Florida organizations in providing junior golf programs for economically disadvantaged youth, special needs children and others. Twenty-five dollars from each renewal fee goes toward this initiative.
“The Florida Sports Foundation has been instrumental in introducing a wide range of students to golf and the many positive values associated with the game,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “Through proceeds from sales of the Florida Golf License Plate, the foundation has contributed essential funding and other support to be able to deliver The First Tee National School Program in Tampa.”
Of the 18 schools located in the Tampa area, six are classified as Title 1 (60-89 percent of students are on free or reduced lunch) and three are Renaissance Schools, meaning 90 percent or more of the students are on free or reduced lunch.
For more information about the Florida Golf License Plate Fund and how it benefits nonprofit organizations in the State of Florida, visit www.flasports.com