Golf News for Friday, March 14, 2014 | Charity

First Tee of Orange County participating in 2014 Toshiba Classic

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The First Tee of Orange County, CA, a non-profit organization formed to impact the young people of Orange County, is pleased to announce that the chapter will have an on-site presence at the largest and most exciting event in Orange County, the PGA Champions Tour 2014 Toshiba Classic.

Most PGA Tour events are structured as a non-profit entity with the majority of the proceeds benefiting charity and PGA Champions Tour Toshiba Classic is an outstanding example of that. It is owned and operated by the Hoag Hospital Foundation, which has raised over 16 million dollars for charity. In addition to supporting Hoag, The Toshiba Classic and Toshiba America, Inc. use this tournament as a platform to benefit the Orange County community which is far reaching. It includes schools, charities as well as the economy.

According to The First Tee of Orange County President Tim Casey, "Participating in The Toshiba Classic provides us an opportunity to reach out one-on-one to potential participants as well as potential volunteers. Our entire team at The First Tee of Orange County thanks the charitable group at The Toshiba Classic for their generosity to the community and for letting our program benefit by it."

The First Tee of Orange County booth will be located at the entrance of the event amongst the other booths and will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 14th through March 16th. Please visit us there to learn more about the program. The PGA Champions Tour 2014 Toshiba Classic is held from March 10th through March 16th at the Newport Beach County Club in Newport Beach, CA. Tickets can be purchased at Roger Dunn stores around Orange County or at the Main Admission Gate at the Newport Beach County Club.

The First Tee of Orange County impacts the young people in the Orange County community through its life skills education and character training. Each of these participants will be introduced to the lifelong sport of golf while learning skills such as goal-setting, managing emotions and resolving conflicts. The program emphasizes Nine Core Values™ (confidence, responsibility, respect, honesty, judgment, perseverance, sportsmanship, integrity, and courtesy) at every level of instruction.

About the First Tee:
The First Tee a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The home office is at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools, at other youth-serving locations and military installations.

Since its inception in 1987, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 7.6 million young people in all 50 United States and four international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA Tour and the USGA. Shell Oil is The First Tee's Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson it's Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

An independent research study confirmed that youth involved in The First Tee Life Skills Experience learn and use life skills on the golf course and transfer these skills to other areas of their life. In fact, 100% of The First Tee participants interviewed said they transferred life skills learned at The First Tee to school. Seventy-eight percent are transferring skills such as decision making, setting goals and managing their emotions from the golf course to other areas of their lives including situations with friends, family, after school activities and jobs. The study also revealed The First Tee Life Skills Experience's ability to impart core values on youth. After participating in The First Tee for three years, 73% reported high confidence in their academic ability and 82% felt confident in their social abilities with peers.

About the First Tee of Orange County, CA:
The First Tee of Orange County is a newly founded chapter centrally located in Anaheim, CA. at the Islands Golf Center 14893 E. Ball Road. The First Tee of Orange County is guided by Program Director Teal Guion who was instrumental in the launch of The First Tee of Coachella Valley, CA. Its purpose is to establish public and private partnerships that contribute to the well-being of the community. The First Tee of Orange County will teach the life skills and Nine Core Values™ to youth participating in the Life Skills Experience. For more information on The First Tee of Orange County please visit the chapter's website at and remember to like us on The First Tee Facebook.

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