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RISD to teach students values through golf

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This photo was taken during First Tree training of Roswell Independent School District physical educators. (Submitted Photo)

Partnering with The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico, 6,400 elementary school students throughout the Roswell Independent School District (RISD) will be introduced to the basic skills of golf along with character and health education in their physical education programs.

“We are honored to partner with RISD in this great endeavor,” Adrienne Fields, executive director of The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico, said. “The goals of The First Tee include seeing participants graduate from high school on time with the life skills needed to succeed in college and life, with the ability to make healthy and positive choices and with the desire to positively impact their communities. We believe this partnership will have a tremendous impact on the children and families of Roswell.”

On Aug. 22, physical educators from nine RISD elementary schools participated in a workshop to train educators on how to incorporate The First Tee Life Skills and Golf Instruction into their physical education programs.

Launched in 2004, The First Tee National School Program helps students develop an appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with golf. Students will be introduced to the basic skills of golf along with The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

It will be taught by physical educators using safe, fun lesson plans provided in The First Tee National School Program curriculum. The health activities were recently added for students to learn about physical, social and emotional wellness.

This district-wide implementation of The First Tee National School Program will utilize activity-based learning to provide students with knowledge, understanding, support and opportunity to practice basic golf while adopting life-enhancing behaviors in physical education. The program is designed to empower them to extend these behaviors to their school, home and community lives.