Fore! UNITE holds free First Tee Drive

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Prospective golfers in fifth through eight grades will be given the opportunity to better their game while also learning important core values.

Knox County Operation UNITE in partnership with Union College will host The First Tee Drive.

We have a lot of kids in the area who are interested in golf,” explained Knox County Operation UNITE Chair Claudia Greenwood, “so, we decided to hold the program to help them become acquainted with the game.”

Thirty spots will be available to boys and girls throughout Knox County, offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, free of charge.

The program will take place over the course of four weeks, beginning Sept. 24.

Union is providing us with the space and the helpers,” said Greenwood.

Organized through Union’s Center for Civic Engagement, members of the Common Partners program at Union College and several freshman volunteers, will hold lessons at the Soldiers and Sailors building on Union’s campus. The young golfers will be taught both the technique and life skills to succeed on and off the golf course.

We will teach four different golf swings,” explained Stefanie Edgell, student leader of the program, “the full swing, pitch, chip and putt. Using golf as an example, we will also teach them nine core values including integrity, sportsmanship, perseverance and honesty.”

The program is scheduled to meet on: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 15 and Oct. 23 from 5-7 p.m.

The last day of the program corresponds with Union’s homecoming,” said Edgell. “An announcement will be made to welcome any alumni to come by and participate.”

For more information, contact Claudia Greedwood at 546-9515, or visit her at the Knox County Attorney’s Office to pre-register.