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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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TFTP has a NEW President & CEO by Coach Eric Amato

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In 2008, my wife, newborn son, and I moved from Atlanta to Pittsburgh so I could begin my job as the Director of Education with The First Tee of Pittsburgh.  I held that position for two weeks before taking over as the Director of Golf, and held that position for a year before becoming the …...

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Blind Ambition by Coach Leslie Russell

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After working for The First Tee of Pittsburgh for five years, I had reluctantly decided it was time to move on to other employment opportunities. The morning following this decision, my youngest son went missing. Two days later it was discovered that he had suffered a tragic death. My world had stop...

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An Email from a Parent

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Hi!  My name is Jen Dziki, my son is Will Dziki and he plays for team Sportsmanship.  I just have to share a quick story about our match yesterday.  My son is 8 and was paired with a 13 year old.  Although I thought it was going to be trouble, it was honestly the best …...

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Women’s Golf Day is June 4th by Coach Eric Kulinna, PGA

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The Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park would like to invite all interested females to participate in our first Women’s Golf Day celebration from 5:00-9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 4th!  This is a world wide event, and we will have two components to our planned activities.  The t...

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HANDSHAKES AND GROCERY STORES by Coach Jeff Lebedda

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Think back and try to remember if one of your parents, or any adult in your life, ever sat you down and explained to you how to meet a new person.   I know that no one in my life did.  What I do remember is awkward introductions to my parents’ friends at the grocery store …...

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#17 at TPC Sawgrass by Coach David DeMay

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Some courses evoke an immediate reaction at the mere mention of their name; Augusta – St. Andrews – Pebble Beach. Sometimes it is a stretch of holes that causes the reaction; Amen Corner – The Bear Trap. And sometimes it is a single hole – #17 at TPC. The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is, &helli...

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The Importance of Volunteer Work by Coach Eric Amato

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In 2012, 64.5 million Americans – 26.5 percent of the population – contributed 7.9 billion volunteer hours, worth an estimated $175 billion in service. I started volunteering when I was in high school, calling out bingo at a retirement home.  I have always had a voice to communicate to a large ...

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