NNPS elementary students to Tee It Up in PE classes

Posted: October 29, 2018

Many elementary school students in Newport News will be teeing off for the first time this school year thanks to a grant from Virginia Natural Gas in partnership with The First Tee National School Program.

All 24 elementary schools will launch the First Tee program as part of their Physical Education classes. Through safe, fun activities, elementary students will learn the basic skills of golf. The program was previously at six Newport News elementary schools.

First Tee teaches golf and nine core values associated with the sport: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement. Amy Jones, Instructional Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for NNPS is excited about the expansion of the program, "Those core values fall in line with the social and emotional learning that are a part of our elementary PE programs."

The First Tee Program is in more than 10,000 elementary schools across the U.S., and the program provides professional development for teachers, lesson plans and equipment.