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One may wonder how does the game of golf have anything to do with steering at- risk and disadvantaged children and youth towards navigating their future in a positive direction?
In 1997, The First Tee was founded by the World Golf Foundation as a way to bring golf to young people who would otherwise not be exposed to the game and its positive values. As an affiliate of this national organization, The First Tee of the East Bay’s mission is to positively impact the lives of young people in Oakland and Hayward by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
TFTEB’s latest volunteer is NBA Champion Golden State Warriors forward, Draymond Green. He has a passion to reach underserved kids, and wants to give back to the Oakland and Hayward communities to let them know that no matter where they start in life they can achieve their dreams. He believes that the First Tee’s Nine Core Values is a perfect fit to teach young people skills they can use for a lifetime.
RINA’s own Cris Heins has been a volunteer for four years, assisting with fundraising activities. John Mangini is in his fifth year of service as a member of TFTEB’s Board of Directors. By actively supporting TFTEB’s fundraising efforts, these children will be given a safe environment to be in after school and help them stay physically active.
For more information or to contact TFTEB, visit their website at www.TheFirstTeeEastBay.org