Inspiring a love of golf and good characterAbout 75 youth in the Tri-Valley area gathered at Castlewood Country Club recently to attended a kick-off of the golf spring season and shared some valuable life skills and core values. A part of the First Tee Tri-Valley, a non-profit organization that reaches youth ages 7 to 17, the group's goal 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.
The event was broken into two parts -- learning with expert speakers and a pasta feed with bingo and prizes. The goal of the event, organizers said, was tri-fold: to believe in yourself, learn something new and have fun. Presenters included Matthew "Chewy" Matus, a youth advocate, spoke about making good choices; Dina Capaccioli, a registered dietitian, shared important nutrition tips; Roger Whincup, First Tee Program Director, shared the importance of life skills; Dana Dormann, LPGA Site Director of Girls Golf, reviewed the mentoring and fun of monthly girl tournaments; and Joshua Garrison, bank manager at Comerica, excited kids about being good money planners. Four First Tee participants also shared personal stories about the group's nine core values.
All kids are welcome to participate in the life skills and golf learning curriculum offered throughout the year at the Pleasanton Golf Center. Visit www.thefirstteetrivalley.org for more information. Scholarships are available for youth in need.