The ECISD is continuing to expand The First Tee National School Program (NSP) in Odessa, Texas. Today we’re announcing that in January of 2019 ECISD will add 11 more schools to the program.
On Friday December 7, 2018; Michael Neiman-ECISD P.E. and Health Coordinator provided First Tee West Texas Executive Director, Bill Kirby with the names of the eleven elementary schools in this expansion phase. They are:
Austin – Buice – Burleson – Burnet – Dowling – Goliad – Johnson – Pease – Reagan – Ross – San Jacinto
With this expansion ECISD will now have a total of 15 elementary schools and approximately 7,500 kids participating in the The First Tee programming.
MISD and First Tee West Texas will continue the planned expansion of The First Tee’s – National School Program beginning in the spring of 2019. On Tuesday November 28, 2018; Audra Hooker, Director of PE, Health, and Wellness provided First Tee West Texas Executive Director, Bill Kirby with the names of the seven elementary schools in this expansion phase. They are:
Bonham – Faskin – Henderson – Houston – Lamar – Long – Rusk
With this phase of expansion MISD will now have a total of 20 elementary schools and approximately 11,500 kids participating in the The First Tee programming.
First Tee West Texas announced in May 2018 that MISD would be expanding The First Tee National School Program (NSP) throughout all elementary schools. Today we’re pleased to inform that MISD has selected nine more elementary schools to begin this fall.
- Bowie Fine Arts Institute
- Carver Center
- Santa Rita
With this expansion The First Tee NSP will now reach approximately 8,600 elementary students ages 6 through 12. In addition to our first four schools (Burnet, Franks, Greathouse, Washington STEM) started in October of 2017; this expansion will now bring our total up to 13 elementary schools in Midland.
We’re very excited to be a Partner in Education with MISD and want to thank our generous First Tee West Texas supporters along with MISD Superintendent-Orlando Riddick, and Audra Hooker-MISD Dir. Of P.E., Health, and Wellness.
May 2, 2018
First Tee West Texas have been given approval by MISD to expand The First Tee National School Program (NSP) into all 23 remaining elementaries in Midland, Texas. This expansion will kick-off in the fall of 2018.
Just prior to starting the fall 2018 school year The First Tee will send two of their national trainers to Midland in early August and conduct hands-on training for all PE Teachers/Coaches.
With this expansion; the First Tee National School Program in Midland will reach approximately 16,000* students in grades K-6 each year.
Parents – please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions.
*elementary membership provided by MISD eff. 2-21-2018
In the May 1, 2018 edition of the Midland Reporter-Telegram the spotlight was again shining on The First Tee locally and more specifically Burnet Elementary School. The article below spotlights the school’s active participation in the National School Program (NSP) including a few of the young participants at Burnet. Hats off to MISD and Burnet Elementary!
April 17, 2018 – Greathouse Elementary School, Midland, Texas
MISD along with partner, First Tee West Texas; held their official launch event announcing the arrival of the First Tee National School Program in Midland. Audra Hooker – MISD Director of P.E., Health, and Wellness made the initial selection of four schools to begin the programming. These four schools are Burnet, Franks, Greathouse, and Washington STEM Academy. Each school began their NSP program in October of 2017.
Attending the event were MISD officials: Orlando Riddick-Superintendent and Audra Hooker along with 32 kids (8 from each school), PE instructors, and many parents. Additionally, the event was honored to have two special guests in attendance – Ms. Pepper Peete, Development Associate-Outreach from The First Tee national headquarters in St. Augustine, FL., and Midlands own Judy Rankin, World Golf Hall of Fame member and Golf Channel Lead Analyst for the LPGA Tour.
During the event the kids from the four elementaries demonstrated to attendees how their daily program lessons are preformed.
MISD is planning to add many more schools in the fall of 2018. ECISD is also planning this fall to launch the National School Program in their elementary schools.
For more information about the National School Program (NSP) and how your child can participate call:
Bill Kirby – Exe. Director (see contacts above)
Midland College and it’s summertime Kids College will offer The First Tee – DRIVE program beginning in June of 2018. Kids College – Golf instructor Kristi Seybert is a seasoned veteran teaching golf to youngsters at the summer college camp the past 5 years. However, this year will be different and Kristi is excited to be offering the The First Tee – DRIVE program for the first time. One big difference Kristi recognized is the Nine-Core Values she’ll be teaching alongside her golf instruction. Kristi says she’s expecting about 72 kids participating in DRIVE this summer.
First Tee West Texas is a newly incorporated Midland, Texas based non-profit. Our mission and purpose is to provide The First Tee National School Program and DRIVE program to local and area youth. And, we’re already making a difference.
Beginning in October of 2017 and in partnership with the Midland Independent School District (MISD) we delivered The First Tee National School Program (NSP) to four elementary schools. Those schools are Burnet, Franks, Greathouse, and Washington STEM. We’ll also be adding many more MISD elementary schools in the fall of 2018. Also in the fall of 2018 we’ll be starting the NSP with Ector County Independent School District (ECISD).
We’re working closely and with guidance from The First Tee national headquarters in St. Augustine, Florida to develop a First Tee Chapter. Just like in Dallas, Austin, Ft. worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The process for becoming a The First Tee chapter is not easy and we currently are NOT a licensed chapter of The First Tee. But we will get there over the coming months. However, before we can apply for and be considered for Chapter status there is much work to be done.
Our first steps along the road to becoming Chapter are underway. By establishing the National School Program and DRIVE programs we are now focused along a path which will lead to our next steps.
We expect to submit our formal Chapter application and present our business plan to The First Tee sometime in early 2019. We’re working diligently with The First Tee to become a fully recognized and licensed Chapter of The First Tee in 2019.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton