TYLER, Texas (KETK) — On Monday morning, the First Tee of Greater Tyler held a groundbreaking ceremony at Woldert Park (Corner of West 32nd Street and North Broadway), as they begin construction on a new learning facility.
The First Tee is a national program, based around growing love for the game of golf with younger people, as well as teaching them life skills.
This new facility will have a limited driving range, putting green and chipping with even more additions in the future.
The First Tee of greater Tyler is based at Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard, and by adding another facility in North Tyler, they will be able to reach even more kids in the area.
“Through our generous donors and charitable foundation, we’ve been able to receive funding to get this started and it’s going to be a two-year phase development to get it to where it fully needs to be,” said program director Christian Sarran. “But we’re going to be hoping to start this fall in October with full programming.”
It’s a project that had been in the planning stages since 2007.
Now the folks at the First Tee of Greater Tyler are hoping to have about 150 students this fall at their new facility in North Tyler.
“It’s really important to be able to offer positive youth development activity for them after school, and even on the weekends. And our plan is to even have summer programming as well,” added Sarran.
“It’s really just another form of mentoring that we’re offering providing to kids in the community. Our kids have a lot of fun. Our retention rates are really high just because we know how to engage kids and we make it fun and engaging. And just the relationships that our coaches build with the kids is really important,” Sarran explained.