First Tee of Cleveland: Golf is More Than a Game

Golf is expensive. Golf is boring. Golf is slow. Golf is hard to learn.

If you’re a golfer, then I’m sure you’ve got some strong opinions about these common misconceptions. And if you’ve never golfed, like me, you may have thought them yourself at one time.  Golf is often considered  a rich man’s sport – but one local organization has worked hard for over fifteen years to shatter those stereotypes. You don’t have to be a man to play, and you don’t need a country club membership to enjoy the positive effects of time spent on the greens.

At The First Tee Cleveland, golf is much more than a game. The organization’s committed staff and volunteers will be quick to tell you how golf education has been shown to boost grades, self-confidence and social responsibility for the students in their program. As part of their mission to positively impact the lives of young people in Greater Cleveland, they focus on activities that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Last year, the organization served 720 participants and 21 elementary schools, and collaborated with a number of youth agencies throughout Northeast Ohio.

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Purchase a ticket to their annual Thanksgiving Breakfast, taking place on November 8th. The event will feature guest speaker, Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and a special appearance by Earnest Byner, former Cleveland Brown and author of “Everybody Fumbles.” Proceeds from the event will enable The First Tee of Cleveland to extend reach to more youth in need of social and emotional skills throughout our community.

To purchase tickets online, visit their website or contact Paula Domzalski for more information about volunteering or other ways to support their efforts: pdomzalski@thefirstteecleveland.org or (216) 641-7799.

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