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Vermont First Tee National School Program Initiative Fact Sheet

The focus of The First Tee® is to positively impact the lives of young people by developing educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through golf.  The First Tee National School Program™ teaches elementary school children The First Tee Nine Core Values:  honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment, using the game of golf as the platform.  Instruction takes place during physical education classes with the children using developmentally appropriate SNAG® (Starting New at Golf) equipment.    

More than 2,000 elementary schools and 1,200,000 students internationally have participated in The First Tee National School Program since 1997.

The Vermont Golf Association (VGA), in collaboration with the Vermont Chapter of the New England PGA, Vermont Seniors Golf Association, and Vermont State Women’s Golf Association, is leading the effort to expand The Vermont First Tee National School Program into most of the elementary schools in the state.

85 Vermont Elementary Schools and 1 university (Norwich) currently participate in the Vermont National School Program.  Through the program we have the potential to positively impact 15,800 (K-5) students.  Norwich University is licensed to teach and certify their physical education majors The First Tee National School Program.       

The First Tee National School Program costs $3,250 per school for school year 2015-2016. The program costs include developmentally appropriate equipment, State of Vermont-approved physical education curriculum, four-hour physical educator training, or online training, and administrative expenses.  This is a one-time fee.  Where one physical education instructor teaches several schools, the school portion of the cost can be shared.  

The collaborative partners and other grantors fund up to 75% of the costs for each school selected to participate in the program for 2015.  The schools selected will be responsible for funding only $812.50 of the $3,250 cost.

The Vermont PGA Professional nearest to the schools selected will be encouraged to participate during the classes at each school.  The PGA Professional may plan a field trip for the students to visit their local golf course during the program.  Local golf clubs and PGA Professionals will offer next step golf opportunities for those students participating in the National School Program.  

Physical Educator certification may take place in-person or online through The First Tee’s eLearning website.  The curriculum can begin in the April through June period at the discretion of the school.  

For information, contact Richard H. Mihlrad, Executive Director-Vermont First Tee National School Program, (802) 645-1907 or rmihlrad@myfairpoint.net.

To make a tax-deductible donation make checks payable to:

The First Tee

Mail check to:

Vermont Golf Association

P.O. Box 1612, Station A

Rutland, VT 05701-1612

Vermont First Tee National School Program