Golf News for Monday, May 19, 2014 | People

Gail Krause new Executive Director of First Tee of Orange County

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The First Tee of Orange County, CA, a non-profit organization formed to positively impact the young people of Orange County, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Krause as the chapter's new Executive Director.

Krause brings over twenty years of non-profit management, fundraising and public relations experience to her new assignment. She most recently served as Public Relations Manager for the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. Prior to that, Krause served as Community Relations Manager for Cox Communications and Director of the Cox Cares Foundation. She served Saint Joseph Ballet (The Wooden Floor) as Managing Director and Chief Fundraising Officer. Krause has a Master of Arts Degree in Non-Profit Management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

According to The First Tee of Orange County President Tim Casey, "We are excited to welcome Gail as our new Executive Director. She is an experienced non-profit executive and professional fundraiser, who also loves the game of golf. I am confident that she will help guide The First Tee of Orange County to the next level."

Krause stated, "I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to make The First Tee of Orange County one of the best chapters in the network. This is an extraordinary youth development program with a proven national track record. We have an opportunity to bring The First Tee's Life Skills, Core Values and Healthy Habits curriculum to thousands of Orange County kids."

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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