Classes in full swing at the Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation Learning Center at Forest Park

Last week, golf and character education classes commenced for the spring session at The First Tee. After a great winter session indoors, the students were eager to get outside and hit the course. Over 120 participants have registered for classes and the Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation Learning Center is offering a wonderful space for the students to practice their skills. Birdie level participant, Verada shares, “The new facility is so awesome. Before we would hit balls into a field where the grass was up to our knees. Now I can actually aim at targets and practice my bunker shots. I love this place and I’m excited to come to classes.”

The chapter invites you to visit a class! Classes at Forest Park are Saturdays from 10:00-11:15am, Tuesdays from 5:30-6:45pm, and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm. Come by to meet the students and see firsthand the impact of the new facility and The First Tee. A special thank you to the Constellation and Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation for your support in building a safe space for Baltimore youth.

Update on DeAndre Diggs, Caves Valley Scholar

DeAndre Diggs is having a wonderful year at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is proud to represent the Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation as the 2016 Caves Valley Scholar. DeAndre is currently enrolled in the Professional Golf Management Program and is playing on the golf team. DeAndre shares, “I am so thankful to the Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation. This is an opportunity for me to let my light shine. Those who gave me the scholarship, thank you, it has changed my whole life.” DeAndre continues to be an excellent student, carrying a 3.8 GPA. As we suspected, math is his best subject and he continues to tutor his classmates when they need an extra boost. DeAndre is focused on keeping his grades up and sharpening his golf skills. “Playing for the Hawks has been really fun. Being a part of team and continuing to build up my game every day has been great.” The chapter looks forward to DeAndre coming back to Baltimore this summer to help coach classes at The First Tee of Greater Baltimore.

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore First Alumnus headed to College

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore is proud to share that one of the chapters very first participants will be attending Morgan State University. Jayquann Johnson has been an active participant in The First Tee of Greater Baltimore for the past 8 years. He is an inspirational young man overcoming various obstacles throughout his life. With an infectious smile and positive attitude, it has been a joy to have him in The First Tee Program and watch him develop over the years. Throughout high school, he was active in ROTC and his golf team serving as a leader recruiting participants in both groups. When he graduated, he was faced with a difficult decision—what to do with his life. With the help of The First Tee, the Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation and RBC, this young man is on a path to success. Jayquann is currently enrolled in the Connect Program at Baltimore City Community College. After successful completion of the curriculum, he will transfer to Morgan State University. He is doing well academically, working a part time job, and continues to be very active in his church. He looks forward to the next phase in his life and pursuing his dream of becoming a Psychiatrist.

Linking Baltimore Youth to STEM through Golf

At The First Tee, we are focused on encouraging youth to succeed. We believe engaging in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), provides youth with new opportunities and career paths. Additionally, our goal is to provide our students with a greater understanding of science and environmental stewardship. In 2016, local members of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Superintendents hosted a STEM field trip for inner city youth at the Woodlands Golf Course. On Tuesday, May 23rd the chapter will host its second field trip for 50 students from City Springs Elementary School. These students participate in golf activities as part of Physical Education at their school so for many, it will be their first experience at a golf course. Students will conduct various experiments to explore topics such as agrostology and pedology. We look forward to exposing our students to additional educational opportunities through the game of golf.

2017 The First Tee Metro Tour of Maryland at Caves Valley Golf Club

Our students are excited for The First Tee Metro Tour of Maryland tournament year. The Metro Tour is a developmental tournament series that is open to The First Tee participants from the Greater Baltimore, Greater Washington, DC, Howard County, Prince George's County, and Montgomery County Chapters. The Metro Tour provides The First Tee students the opportunity to participate in competitive events over the summer at different golf courses throughout the state. The tournaments showcase their golf skills, but also poise, etiquette, and The First Tee Nine Core Values.

 

Each year the season finale is hosted at Caves Valley Golf Club. This nine-hole tournament is the premier event of the series and brings 44 young golfers to Caves Valley Golf Club. Prior to the round, the Caves Valley Golf Club staff conducts an instructional clinic at the state-of-the-art performance center. This year, the finale will be on Sunday, August 13th. Please join us to meet some of the students. A special thank you to the Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation for your continued support and sponsorship of The Metro Tour. Thank you to the Maryland State Golf Association and Jack Vardaman for co-sponsoring The Metro Tour.

 

School Program now in 60 local Elementary Schools

In 60 elementary schools within Greater Baltimore, students are teeing off for the first time thanks to The First Tee National School Program, bringing The First Tee curriculum to a child’s gym during physical education class. Through safe, fun activities, elementary students are learning the basic skills of the lifelong sport of golf. In 2017, the chapter has added the following locations: Winfield Elementary, Warren Elementary, Villa Cresta Elementary, Milbrook Elementary, Gunpowder Elementary, Victory Villa Elementary, and Perry Hall Elementary Schools. The National School Program has been instrumental in driving participation at The First Tee of Greater Baltimore green grass locations. With the addition of these schools, the chapter looks forward to increasing the number of students served at after school green grass facilities.