Byron Elementary Phy Ed teacher Paul Fischenich works with third grade students from Molly Peterson's classroom Taylor Stewart, Milo Christensen,
AJ Bishop and Cody Farmer on golfing skills.
750 Byron Elementary School students are being introduced to the basic skills of golf along with character and health education in their physical education program through The First Tee National Schools Program, which teaches nine core values: honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment and perseverance. Funding for the program was provided by First Tee Rochester and made possible through funds from the American Junior Golf Association's Rolex Girls Junior Championship that came to Somerby Golf Course in Byron in 2011.
"Today's youth are faced with challenges like never before and they need more tools to confront, manage and work through what they are facing," said Doug Hedlund, Board Chair of The First Tee Rochester. "Research shows students exposed to the First Tee program and learning the Nine Core Values have enhanced their behavior, leading to success in school and other areas of their life. Our goal is to make this program accessible to all area students."
"Our kids really enjoyed being introduced to the game and for most of the students this was the first time they've had an opportunity to pick up a golf club, " said Paul Fischenich, physical education teacher at Byron Elementary. "Golf is a life sport and the National School Program is a great introduction to the offerings of the First Tee program and reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf."
The First Tee program fits right into our philosophy for Byron Elem. P.E.. First Tee is an introduction to golf, " Fischenich said. "We do lots of introductions to various sporting and recreational activities such as golf in Byron Elementary P.E. Given the opportunity, we hope students will be drawn to several of the activities they have experienced and make it part of an active lifestyle. Students will be involved in a rollerblade unit and an intro to racket sports unit to finish out the year."
In 2001 The First Tee Rochester received its charter and became one of the program chapters for the national organization. First Tee Rochester is based at Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center. For more information about The First Tee National School Program, visit www.thefirstteerochester.org.