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July 10, 2014

First Tee of West Virginia program aims to instill values in kids

FAIRMONT — The First Tee of West Virginia is more than a series of golf lessons.

The nonprofit organization introduces the state’s youth to the game while incorporating nine core values and nine wellness topics into the lesson to help children ages 5-17 be better students and citizens.

Those values are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Health and wellness topics presented as a part of their lessons are energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school and community.

“We’re trying to instill values within kids at a young age, to where they can carry those on throughout their lives,” said Jonathan Bartlett, senior director of the First Tee of West Virginia.

Upcoming programs in the Fairmont area cost $50 to $75, depending on the program, and are offered at the Mountaineer Golf Club and Bel Meadow Golf Course from July 28-Sept.1 or Sept. 8-Oct. 13.

Read the full story in Friday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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