March 17, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact:               Natalie Eggeman (260-427-6028)

                                Public Information Officer



Program teaches character values through golf

Fort Wayne, IN—The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department’s Lifetime Sports Academy is sponsoring the First Tee National School Program in 34 Fort Wayne Community Elementary Schools beginning this spring.

This new in-school golf program that promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf  is the result of a cooperative effort between the Indiana PGA, the Indiana Golf Foundation, Inc. and the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department.

The Auer Foundation and the Journal Gazette Foundation donated the funds to purchase golf equipment and to train instructors to teach the curriculum during physical fitness classes. Teachers will receive training on March 24, 2015.

“This quality golf program is both teacher- and student-friendly,” said Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll. “We are confident that our partnership and support will increase participation in the summer Lifetime Sports Academy in 2015.”

Besides introducing children to the game of golf, the First Tee National School Program promotes character development through the First Tee Nine Core Values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The Lifetime Sports Academy will also include First Tee core values, golf instruction and testing into their seven-week summer program.

About The First Tee

The First Tee ( is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, Fla. at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 2.2 million participants and students in 48 states and four international locations – Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore.  Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairman.  The Founding Partners of The First Tee are Augusta National Golf Club, the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, and United States Golf Association.

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