First Tee of Charleston golfers participate in Life Skills and Leadership Academy
First Tee of Greater Charleston members Jonathan Jones and John Florence recently traveled to New York to participate in the First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy.
The academy provided participants with character education and leadership instruction through interaction with more than 24 coaches during the weeklong event, which featured workshops, career exploration seminars, golf clinics and other activities. They also got to play golf almost daily at the Eisenhower Park or Christopher Morley golf course.
Jones, 17, is an Eagle Participant (a rank within First Tee’s overall program) and has been a member since 2009. The recent Wando High School graduate will attend Coastal Carolina University.
Jones said he felt lucky to be part of the experience and meet other First Tee golfers from across the country.
“What I learned from the Life Skills and Leadership Academy was how to self-manage myself on and off the golf course,” Jones said. “I also learned many new technical golf skills from many of the coaches there, which ranged from hitting punch shots to draws and fades.”
Florence, 16, also is an Eagle Participant and has been involved with First Tee since 2009.
He is a rising junior at Stall High School.
“Both Jonathan and John personify core values such as honesty, respect and confidence,” said Ben Grandy, executive director of the First Tee of Greater Charleston.
The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy focuses on recognizing and rewarding young adults for their accomplishments while teaching them valuable skills they can take back to their communities.