Center for Sport Leadership Students welcomed over 100 Richmond area youth to the First Tee of Greater Richmond for a day of fun and learning through golf. The First Tee of Greater Richmond operates through nine different core values: Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Integrity, Judgment, Honesty, Respect, Courtesy, and Sportsmanship. The SEED group created an Olympic theme day with golf activities that represented these core values complete with opening and closing ceremonies.
Before the activities began, a representative from Fleet Feet was on hand teaching everyone about their foot bone structure and the proper way to warm up the body before a day of activities. Children were divided into groups based on age and rotated around the golf course, or around the world, and got to try different golf and putting activities with CSL student and VCU golf instructors. Upon arrival, kids received First Tee Olympics t-shirts and passports that they carried around and got stamped at each different country they visited.
Special visitors like Nutsy from the Squirrels, Rodney the Ram from VCU and Kickeroo from the Kickers joined the athletes and tried their hand at golf. One of the most popular stations at the event was the Golf-Zilla, where kids were tasked with hitting balls into the mouths of a large blow up hippopotamus and ‘Godzilla’. Throughout the day, First Tee Olympic Athletes were treated to snacks from Capital Ale House. The Closing Ceremony wrapped up the day with a lesson on Respect, medals for the athletes and the chance to meet Hugh Roberts from the Richmond Kickers.