The First Tee of Los Angeles Partners with THINK Together to Provide a Golf Program that Helps Kids Learn Life Lessons

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This partnership will enhance existing Physical Enrichment and Character Development Programs.

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We’re excited about our new partnership with The First Tee of Los Angeles. We see it as a great opportunity to shape the lives of close to 2000 THINK Together students.

THINK Together in the Los Angeles area will be enhanced through a new partnership with The First Tee of Los Angeles a non-profit youth development organization that provides character education programs using golf as the platform.

THINK Together will begin offering The First Tee DRIVE, a golf program filled with fun and engaging activities that are perfect for young people and infuse The First Tee Nine Core Values: respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and integrity. Students are exposed to these core values through games that students are already familiar with like baseball and bowling. The games are designed to incorporate four basic golf shots: putt, chip, pitch, and full swing.

“We know there are positive benefits to structured afterschool programs like the DRIVE program-benefits such as improved social skills, self awareness, as well as school performance, so partnering with THINK Together to deliver the DRIVE program makes perfect sense,” says Lisa Grimm The First Tee of Los Angeles Director. With our sponsors at the Northern Trust Open we are committed to reaching at least 25,000 L.A. area youth by 2016. We are excited to have THINK Together as a major partner in that effort.”

The First Tee will provide in-person professional development training to THINK Together staff, preparing them to deliver the activities in a safe, effective manner. Students will be equipped with developmentally appropriate golf equipment that is safe and durable for elementary school students.

“We’re excited about our new partnership with The First Tee of Los Angeles. We see it as a great opportunity to shape the lives of close to 2000 THINK Together students at 26 sites in Los Angeles by instilling values like respect, leadership, and honesty through the avenue of golf,” says Ed Carlson THINK Together Director of Operations for South Los Angeles. “Learning the game of golf while building character and promoting healthy choices will have a positive impact on each student, their families, and their communities.”

Partnerships like this enable THINK Together to enhance existing programs while also exposing students to opportunities that they previously did not have access to like golfing.

About THINK Together

THINK Together is one of the leading and largest nonprofit providers of academic support programs (early literacy, after-school, small group tutoring, summer learning, etc.) in the U.S., serving nearly 140,000 students across 420 locations from San Diego to Sacramento. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, its academically oriented programs and dedicated team of 2,500 employees are helping students close the achievement gap. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit or

About The First Tee of Los Angeles

The First Tee of Los Angeles is a youth development program that uses golf as the vehicle to deliver to educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices, especially to those from underserved Los Angeles communities. Year-round programming is conducted at its home facility, Whittier Narrows Golf Course, as well as 10 other green-grass golf facilities, and on site at schools and youth service agency facilities. Generously funded by the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open and administered through the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation, The First Tee of Los Angeles is committed to reaching 25,000 youth the L.A. area by 2016 through its various programs. For more information, please visit and or call (213) 680-8002.

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