UPDATE: May 16, 2012 (Text Revised) The Savannah Now (http://savannahnow.com) an online publication from Savannah, Georgia posted a piece by Elmo Weeks under sports about children’s behavior problems. Mr. Weeks reported on a youth development program that uses golf as a platform to Transform Behavior Problems by Teaching Values. The piece is about Jim Thorpe teaching golf to young people.
The program indicated in this piece professes to teach nine core values. Those values are: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
All too often in life we wait until behavior problems grow to unthinkable tribulations. This piece talks about Jim Thorpe taking the time to help the The First Tee, an organization described within this piece.
Take a look. Perhaps you will be inspired to start such an organization in your community.
Transform Behavior Problems by Teaching Values
“Jim Thorpe teaches life, golf lessons with The First Tee of Savannah”
“On Saturday at The First Tee’s headquarters at Mary Calder Golf Club, one of professional golf’s most successful black players helped the organization reach out to Chatham County children and celebrate Black History Month.”
“Contrary to popular belief, The First Tee of Savannah isn’t a golf organization.”
This organization is communicating with children through means that they can understand and assimilate. Click this Link to find out more about Communicating before Childrens Behavior Problems appear.
“Founded in 2004, The First Tee is a youth development program that uses golf as a platform to communicate nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.”
“The second Access Through Golf event invited more than 500 children… learn basic golf skills and life lessons from veteran pro golfer Jim Thorpe.”
“…The First Tee’s many programs designed to enable underprivileged youth access to the game and the principles of golf.”
“… offers special programs for disabled children and the children of military families. “
(“First Tee of Savannah executive director Barbara Essig”)… “said Essig…, “(The children’s) behavior begins to change as soon as they get into the program. What better classroom is there than the golf course, and the takeaway lessons learned through The First Tee will benefit families and our community.””
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I wish the article would have gone into more depth about the actual methods that The First Tee uses to avoid Behavior Problems and bring about such worthwhile character traits as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
We are missing these ‘core values’ across all strata in our American societies.
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