Schools can get golf grants

Vermont elementary schools are invited to apply for a grant for the Vermont First Tee National School Program for spring 2011.

The First Tee National School Program is a positive youth development program for elementary physical education - taught through an engaging golf program based on NASPE standards. Launched in 2004, and now in 60 Vermont elementary schools, the First Tee National School Program instructs elementary physical educators on how to successfully introduce children to the sport of golf and emphasizes character education through its values including honesty, integrity and perseverance.

Local golf clubs and PGA Professionals will offer next step golf opportunities for those students participating in the National School Program.

Collaborative partners and other grantors will fund up to 75 percent of the costs for each school selected to participate in the program for 2011. The First Tee will match $200 per school for 2011. The schools selected will be responsible for funding the remaining fee.

Deadline for application is Dec. 15. For more information, contact Richard H. Mihlrad, Vermont Golf Associationat 802-645-1907.

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