AUSTIN, TX. (June 6, 2012) – Ben Constancio, a 13 year old participant in The First Tee of Greater Austin’s Eagle class, has been chosen as one of 96 participants representing 50 chapters of The First Tee to attend The First Tee 2012 Life Skills and Leadership Academy at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY.
Ben has participated in The First Tee of Greater Austin since the age of seven, and has impressed his coaches with his ability to demonstrate positive character values like confidence, honesty, and integrity – values which form the foundation of The First Tee’s curriculum. “Ben is one of our best students on and off the course,” said Jordan Jones, Program Development Manager at The First Tee of Greater Austin.
Each summer, selected participants of The First Tee attend the Life Skills and Leadership Academy, where they participate in life skills activities and career exploration, experience dorm living, meet a wide variety of young people from around the world, and have the opportunity to play championship golf.
The purpose of the Academy is to provide participants with valuable character education and leadership instruction. The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy is taking place July 25-31 in Long Island, NY. It is hosted by Nassau County, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, Hofstra University, and Eisenhower Park Golf Course.
To learn more about The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy, visit www.thefirsttee.org.
About The First Tee of Greater Austin
The First Tee of Greater Austin (www.thefirstteeaustin.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
In 2011, The First Tee of Greater Austin served more than 5,000 kids in the Austin community through regular programming at the Harvey Penick Golf Campus, multiple satellite locations throughout Austin, and the launch of the National School Program in the Manor Independent School District (ISD). The First Tee of Greater Austin has impacted more than 15,000 kids since the program was founded in 1999.