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First Tee Charlottesville's Lessons Go Beyond the 9 Iron

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It's not everyday you see 7 year-olds teeing off on a golf course.

First Tee Charlottesville Executive Director Phillip Seay said, "A lot of them have never touched a golf club."

But the campers at First Tee Charlottesville have strokes that prove otherwise. First Tee Charlottesville partnered with the City of Charlottesville to put on their Camp Excel program for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. But what they're learning goes beyond the 9-iron.

Seay said, "We're about core values, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, courtesy. We're about life skills, we're about healthy habits and we all intermingle that with the game of golf and the various lessons that the game of golf teaches."

While golf isn't the easiest sport to teach restless elementary school students, program leaders say its amazing to watch the young one's mature.

"You put them in a position to figure it out and gain some success and its contagious," said Seay.

First Tee hopes the campers carry that confidence into their day-to-day life.

Seay said, "The way you act at a golf course is a little different then the way you act at a playground and in school. So the idea here is to take the way you act here back into the community."


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