First Tee of Greater Pasadena Helps Set Up Youth For A Hole-In-One In Life Success

First Tee of Greater Pasadena Helps Set Up Youth For A Hole-In-One In Life SuccessFirst Tee of Greater Pasadena Helps Set Up Youth For A Hole-In-One In Life SuccessFirst Tee of Greater Pasadena Helps Set Up Youth For A Hole-In-One In Life SuccessFirst Tee of Greater Pasadena Helps Set Up Youth For A Hole-In-One In Life Success

By BRANDON VILLALOVOS

5:30 pm | October 24, 2017


A Pasadena organization teaches kids not only how swing high to nail a hole-in-one, but also to aim higher in life through a curriculum that teaches nine core values.

The First Tee of Greater Pasadena, which is a part of a national network of more than 160 chapters, put on its annual invitational golf tournament at the Brookside Golf Course Tuesday to raise funds for programming that serves Pasadena youth and beyond.

“We strive to have every boy and girl participate in our program,” said First Tee of Greater Pasadena Executive Director Bob Baderian.

Since 1997, The First Tee has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United States and select international locations. In 2016, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 5.3 million young people.

The invitational golf tournament is the major fundraising event for the first Tee of Greater Pasadena which was established in 2006 provides boys and girls ages 5-17 an opportunity to strengthen their life, skills as well as learn the game of golf.

The current service area spans from the Glendale Freeway 2 on the west to the 15 freeway on the east, the I-10 San Bernardino freeway on the south to the San Gabriel Mountains.

“We involve boys and girls and young men and women from various organizations,” said Baderian.

Organizations include Optimist Home for the boys and girls, Hillsides, Leeroy’s Center for Boys, 5 acres, Villa Esperanza, Ability First, Southern California Special Olympics, as well as the Special Needs Program at John Muir High school and the Visually Impaired program within the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD).

The program provides the young men and women the opportunity to learn about nine core values of life: Courtesy, Honesty, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Integrity, Respect,Confidence, Judgement, and Responsibility, according to Baderian.

The eight week courses are a mix of lectures and golfing.

“We have part-time coaches that go through a very rigid training first Tee program to actually teach the classes,” explained Baderian.

According to Baderian, many of the young golfers develop advanced golfing skills throughout the program.

“We are very fortunate that some of the boys and girls progress to what we call the various stages starting with hard, then birdy, then eagle, then ace,” said Baderian about the levels of difficulty achieved by students in the program.

Pasadena students even have a track record of being selected to participate in the national First Tee golf tournament that is put on each year out of state.

“We were very privileged for the last five years to have all these young men and women represent Pasadena,” said Baderian.

Only 88 boys and girls are selected throughout the entire network to participate.

Last year, the Pasadena golf tournament netted about $76,000. Baderian expects to exceed that amount this year.

Approximately 144 golfers participated in the fundraiser Tuesday.

“It’s all of the men and women that support our organization. We have a very, very high level of sponsorship from companies, corporations, and individuals,” said Baderian.

Just weeks ago, the Pasadena City Council presented the first Tee of Greater Pasadena just weeks ago a proclamation naming October as first Tee of Greater Pasadena month.

“Whatever the funds are, it’s great, but more importantly they’re there because they feel very strongly about the commitment providing young men and women the opportunity to participate,” said Baderian.

For more information, visit http://www.thefirstteegreaterpasadena.org/