The First Tee of Greater New Orleans Expands Summer Programs

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans, a non-profit youth development organization that helps young people learn character and life skills through the game golf, has expanded its summer programs thanks to support provided by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The First Tee will provide summer camp opportunities for over 600 students at Joseph M. Bartholomew Sr. Municipal Golf Course as a result of the partnership.

The expansion will allow the First Tee of Greater New Orleans to reach over 1,000 participants with out-of-school time programs in 2017, which is the most in the organization’s 13 year history. The First Tee will partner with several local non-profit and university summer camps to provide students ages 5-215 with an introduction to The First Tee’s Nine Core Values, Nine Healthy Habits and the game of golf.

The summer camp programs will take place this summer at Bartholomew Golf Course at Ponchartrain Park in the Gentilly District that was devastated during Hurricane Katrina. There is no cost for participants and organizations involved in the program. The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust provided The First Tee a $50,000 grant to provide scholarships to everyone that participates in the summer programs.

“We’re excited about expanding our summer program to these new, partner organizations,” said Executive Director Chip Patterson. “Our continuous goal is to provide engaging out-of-school time programs across the greater New Orleans area. By partnering with various youth development agencies and universities, we’ll be
able to reach students from neighborhoods that may not have access to a golf facility. Without the support of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, this program wouldn’t be possible, so we especially want to thank them for their support and commitment to support youth in New Orleans.”

The First Tee also has summer camps taking place at several other golf courses throughout Greater New Orleans including Audubon Golf Club, City Park, TPC Louisiana, Stonebridge G. C., Timberlane CC, Oak Harbor G.C., Cypress Lakes CC and Grand Ridge G. C. Participants who become certified in The First Tee program become eligible to apply for free opportunities that include participation in golf camps, clinics and tournaments across the country, college scholarships and other incentives.

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