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From PLAYer to Intern

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I am a participant in First Tee of Pittsburgh’s program and am currently in the Eagle level.  This summer, in June, I started my internship at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course here at Schenley Park. I am very happy to have been involved in First Tee for nine years now. I have experienced not on...

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The Volunteer Spirit by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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Since my days as a youth group leader, volunteering is something I just always have done.  I was always lucky to have a job where I was at work early and out early, so my afternoons and evenings were free.  It was that luxury of free time that allowed me to fill it by serving …...

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Player, Coach, Parent by Coach Rio Hawkins

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I am an alumni of First Tee of Pittsburgh. I am also currently a full-time coach with the role of Regional Manager for First Tee of Pittsburgh. I happen to also be the first girl from the Pittsburgh Chapter. I was fortunate to be accepted and attend the very first Life and Leadership Academy at &hel...

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Success Without Talent by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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As a First Tee coach, I have had the privilege of working with a good number of our older kids in our Birdie and Teen clinics.  I see so much potential in all of these kids, and that goes way beyond what I see on the golf course.  I also see that some of these …...

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The Mindful Golfer by Coach Leslie Russell

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Mindfulness: “Becoming more aware of where you are and what you’re doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you”. As golfers, it is vital to be present for every shot you hit. Especially in a tournament or competitive match. Sounds easy, right? Hmmm, o...

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Social Media Over and Under by Coach Rio Hawkins

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Social media is taking over the world by storm. Over the past decade social media has risen to a higher level of excellence with today’s youth. Social media is the center of a lot of controversy in today’s society. From videos of cats, to brawls in Walmarts. For a whole year all I heard was &hel...

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Living and Playing with INTEGRITY by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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When I was a volunteer and had another job, I used to play golf all the time. Now that I work in the golf industry, I hardly get to play at all – something they failed to mention at my job interview with First Tee. So given my ability and lack of playing time, low …...

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Importance of Playing Multiple Sports by Coach Eric Amato

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Growing up playing sports organized or with my friends in the neighborhood was something I looked forward to doing.  We played basketball, baseball, football, golf, and even made up sports like sidewalk baseball. I was very passionate about baseball and soccer throughout high school and eventually ...

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Golf has a new color, and it is BLUE by Coach Rio Hawkins

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Golf is a sport for adults and children alike. Here at the First Tee of Pittsburgh we try to open doors to the game of golf for children that might not get that chance otherwise, and for children that already have a passion for the game.  Pittsburgh police have partnered with Allegheny Youth Develo...

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