Elise, Carson, Davis, and I are getting ready to participate in First Tee - Manhattan's 14th Annual Golf Marathon on Friday, October 30, 2020 and plan to play 100 holes on the Colbert Hills Par 3 Course to support this wonderful local non-profit organization. As Executive Director of First Tee - Manhattan, I’m very proud of our recent chapter accomplishments and the future is bright. This year presented many challenges but we persevered and were able to safely impact 450 youth participants in our summer and fall programs.
This will be the 8th year “Team Wall” has participated in the Golf Marathon and it has been a great experience for our family to spend time together on the golf course for a great cause. Carson completed his second year in the TARGET Level this year and is VERY excited to start the PLAYer Level in the spring of 2021! Davis enjoys watching Carson play, imitating golfers on TV and putting once we get up to the green, but he is much more interested in the grounds crew and all their fun equipment they use to maintain the golf course.
First Tee - Manhattan had another successful year with 450 youth participants who participated in summer and fall programs at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Due to COVID-19 we were unable to conduct programming at 6 of our outreach locations including the Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp, Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan, and Manhattan Catholic Schools. We remain optimistic that we will be able to return to all outreach locations in 2021 and continue to impact hundreds of youth through these programs. The First Tee National School Program was taught in 19 elementary schools in USD 383, USD 475, and other local elementary schools where over 7,500 students engaged in a structured golf curriculum that promotes personal character development through the First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits.
Participant registration fees range from $39 - $89 and the organization receives several compliments about offering an affordable youth development program in the Manhattan community. However, the average cost per participant is approximately $250 so to offset the registration fee difference the chapter raises money through grants, individual/corporate contributions, and special events such as the Golf Marathon.
Therefore, we would like to ask for your support with a per hole pledge that will make a difference for the future of this local youth organization. We are making a personal commitment of $1.00 per hole for a $100 donation to First Tee - Manhattan.
A donation example would be if you make a $0.50 per hole pledge and our team completes 100 holes then your contribution is $50 and fully tax-deductible. However, feel free to pledge any amount and ALL donations are important and add up! Every dollar raised will stay with the local chapter.
Best wishes and THANKS for supporting this wonderful and fun youth development organization!
The Wall Family