First Tee, not unlike other youth programs, was required to respond to the pandemic with creativity in programming, communication, and new safeguards for students, staff and volunteers.
The decreased number of classes and class sizes, as well as the implementation of waivers and COVID-19 procedures all became part of our standard operation. The spring certifying class was cancelled and on-line classes were held instead. Additionally, due to the suspension of the school semesters, we were unable to offer the National School Program through PE classes and had very limited after school programs. Fortunately, in-person classes were able to be held in the summer and fall. As a result of new class offerings and our staff and volunteers willingness and ability to implement safety procedures and remain flexible with the ever changing regulations, mandates and safety considerations of all parties involved in First Tee, we are pleased to report that our First Tee chapter experienced only a 7% reduction in spring, 8% reduction in summer, and 10% reduction in fall enrollment numbers. This compares to other First Tee chapters and programs around the U.S. that experienced as much as a 50% reduction in participation levels.
So, while the pandemic has affected us all in a variety of ways, our First Tee chapter has adapted and faced the challenges of this pandemic while always keeping the safety of our students, staff and volunteers as a main priority and continuing to introduce First Tee’s 9 core values to our students through the game of golf. We commit to you that we will continue to adapt in order to pursue and succeed with First Tee’s mission of introducing the game of golf to our youth.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, First Tee students and families, and staff, we greatly appreciate your past, current, and future support of the First Tee as a sponsor for the Annual First Tee Tournament .
The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City’s mission is “to impact the lives of young people through educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, a youth development program, includes character education represented by nine core values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, courtesy, confidence, respect, responsibility, judgment, and perseverance with nine Healthy habits encompassing the social, physical, and emotion health of a child with and recreation.
Looking forward to a new beginning in 2021:
- Registration for Spring session began February 1, in person classes are scheduled for the week of 3/22/21
- Fast Track program for the spring term scheduled
- First Tee National has announced 2021 Participant Opportunities , 3 Ace students have been selected to attend the IJGA, June 3-6, Orlando Florida; applications for all opportunities are in process
- Coach training scheduled – Coaches will attend Level II and III training for National certification
- Student Tournaments, student events, and Partner classes being confirmed
- Discussion with all Schools partners initiated (NSP)
- Development of OKC Golf Caddie Program/Evans Scholarship
- In person Spring, Summer, and Fall Schedules have been confirmed, lesson plans completed, some facility changes (John Conrad and Kickingbird will begin course renovations spring 2021) ( All safety procedures, class sizes in effect)
- Intern will be working with our chapter this summer to expand student tournament and program opportunities and offer parent opportunities
Reflections – 2020:
2020 first Tee Annual Golf Tournament cancelled. Several grants and donations were not awarded. Every effort was made to reduce expenses.
- 550 unduplicated youth participated in the 8 week certifying program, spring (350 students), summer (353 students) fall (276 students) at 7 sites – 4 day camps at First Tee facility.
- 1,100 youth participated community outreach and after school – (partners cancelled all programming)
- National School program – NSP – ( in school taught through PE classes with trained teachers/curricula for impact). SUSPENDED BASED ON NO IN PERSON CLASSES
- Class size reduced, reduce classes, new waivers and safety procedures, increased communication
- 2 coach training sessions and completed Asst. Coach certification (5 Volunteer coaches at Level I or II)
- Train Oklahoma City Public school golf coaches, make available instruction to OKCPS High school men and women golf teams
- Partners include Astec, OKC Indian Clinic, Boys and Girls Clubs, Urban League, KIPP schools, Midwest City Park Dept, OKC Parks Dept., Police Athletic League, Chickasaw Jr, Golf Camp, YMCA.- ( programs cancelled in 2020)
- 2020 Participant Opportunities Cancelled
- Student fees are $ 25 per session, 40% are on scholarship
Program goals :
- retention – 2019 retention rate – 47%
- progression – 2019 progression rate – 62%.
- improved academic performance
- increased confidence
- effective social and communication skills.
Other significant factors:
- increased number of teens, females, and minority populations ( 2019 – 25%, 32%, 42%)
The 19th Annual First Tee Benefit Tournament will be held on Monday, May 10th at Lincoln Golf Course with a 1:00 p.m. shot gun start. This is our single fundraiser and is important to our 2021 budget/operation. Our goal is that you enjoy an afternoon of great golf with friends or work associates, enjoy food and beverages, have the opportunity to win an excellent team prize or door prize, and know that you are important and appreciated by First Tee Board members and volunteers.
You will be contacted by one of the Tournament Committee members following your receipt of this email. We ask that you be thoughtful and deliberate in your consideration of our sponsorship request. Please join us for a fun day of golfing at Lincoln Park Golf Course on May 10th with friends while knowing you have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child and confirm your financial support for this event. Thank you for your continued support. Should you have questions, please contact a tournament committee member.
Craig Humphreys, President
Debi Martin, Director (818-8672)
* Sponsorship invoices will be provided at request