First Tee - Coachella Valley

Fall 2021

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l in the news First Tee – Coachella Valley partners with PGA WEST to bring in donations F irst Tee – Coachella Valley and PGA WEST have launched a part- nership that will put more clubs in kids' hands and help raise funds. Since spring, the PGA WEST Greg Norman Course has served as a First Tee donation site, and members, guests and residents have been en- couraged to contribute their gently used golf clubs, bags, or apparel. Some of the clubs will be matched with kids who can use them, and the rest will be sold with the proceeds going toward buying new equipment, and providing funding for the organ- ization's lead instructors. "Our goal is to keep growing pro- gram locations and reaching areas where we have not been able to get to," said Teal Guion, Executive Direc- tor of First Tee – Coachella Valley. ................................................................ To make a donation, contact Brian Hughes at We want you! First Tee – Coachella Valley seeks Volunteers for a variety of roles W hat's one of the greatest joys of being a Volunteer at First Tee – Coachella Valley? "Making a positive impact in a junior's life," says Kyle Winn, the Program Coordinator in charge of overseeing and growing the organization's Volunteer program. "One of my favorite things is when I am at the grocery store and I hear 'Hey, Coach Kyle!' being shouted across the produce section." For those interested in donating their time in a variety of ways, First Tee – Coachella Valley is in need of Volunteers as numbers have depleted over the last year due to the pandemic. Volunteers are extremely important to the success of the First Tee, and broadening the organization's out- reach across the region cannot happen without grow- ing the team, Winn said. Many of the First Tee's Volunteers serve as assistant golf coaches in the Golf Development Program, which include 90-minute after- school classes that typically run from 1:30-5:30 p.m. In addition, the First Tee is always looking for Volunteers with experience in fund-raising and administration – even if they don't play golf. "We love to find ways to use everyone's gifts and tal- ents to help create a more robust program," Winn said. "At the end of the day, the First Tee uses golf to teach life skills that go beyond the game." If interested in contributing for the fall session, which starts on October 11, Volunteers need to start the on-boarding process soon as it involves a background check and online and in-person training sessions. To volunteer, E-mail Kyle Winn at or CLICK HERE to learn more and get involved 2020 Volunteer of the Year Coach Roy Breneman. 2 • First Tee – Coachella Valley Magazine • Fall 2021

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