Through a partnership with Jubilee Reach, The First Tee of Greater Seattle now serves girls from every Bellevue Middle School through the Club Jubilee Girls Golf after school program. More than 150 girls benefit from The First Tee’s spring and fall programming at Crossroads Par-3 Golf Course. Girls hop on buses after school three days a week and head to the course, where they receive coaching on their golf swing and on building a great attitude. First Tee Coach Josh Andrews works as a Site Coach for Jubilee Reach, working on site during the school day to support students develop as great people and great athletes. We asked Coach Josh to share a bit about his experiences with the partnership. Here is what he had to say:
How long as you served as a Site Coach with Jubilee Reach?
This will be my second year with Jubilee Reach working as a site coach at Stevenson.
Why do you think the site coach role is important to the development of students?
The role of a site coach is important to the development of students. As a site coach we provide support to both the teachers and students. If it social, emotional or working on assignments we are there to help. Showing up everyday and making sure the kids are safe and doing well while they are in school is important to their success.
What impact have you seen The First Tee/Jubilee Reach partnership have on the girls involved in the program at Crossroads?
Working with Jubilee allows TFT to reach more children within our schools. Having children learn Life Skills and Core Values through the game of golf is awesome. It makes learning fun and allows children room for self discovery.
What is your favorite part of coaching at The First Tee?
My favorite part of working with TFT is being with the kids, having fun, learning golf and being a kid again. We just have fun learning, I believe that’s how we should learn. Make learning fun!