We know that mothers are super heroes. The hours are long and the job comes with its challenges. That’s why when moms like Becky Haldeman go above and beyond to support kids in their community, we are in awe.
Becky serves as a Volunteer Coach in The First Tee classes at Jackson Park. After watching the coaches in action during her daughter’s class, Becky knew she wanted to join the team. She has jumped into The First Tee with both feet. She coaches classes weekly and even attended The First Tee National Coaches Training in New Orleans to learn new techniques to empower kids through the game. We asked Becky about her experiences with The First Tee so far. Here is what she had to say:
How did you first hear about The First Tee?
I stopped by Jackson Park Golf Course to inquire about lessons for my daughter and learned about The First Tee from the staff at the shop.
What inspired you to get involved as a coach with the program?
My daughter and her friends had such a positive experience at their lessons and with their coaches. I was impressed with how quickly the coaches established a rapport with the kids. I also appreciated that The First Tee focused first on The First Tee Nine Core Values and secondly on the game. In that way, it was different than other youth sports programs I’d been involved with.
What stands out to you about The First Tee Life Skills Experience?
One of the main reasons that I have continued my involvement with The First Tee is the emphasis on life skills. Regardless of background, it is so important that youth be equipped with a strong foundation rooted in values like integrity, responsibility and judgment so that they can navigate whatever it is that life may throw at them.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
I love working with young kids, especially those who need extra encouragement to realize their potential and gain confidence. It is rewarding to watch kids develop, even over the course of a single season. I also love that much of the classes are held outdoors.
You recently attended The First Tee National Coaches Training. What were your biggest takeaways?
I had a great time at the coaches training in New Orleans and learned a lot from the trainers, curriculum and fellow coaches. I was fortunate to travel with two other coaches that I knew. We had a wonderful time building relationships with each other and exploring the city in the evenings. What I remember the most from the training sessions was how many of the coaches absolutely transformed when they brought students in for us to coach. Formerly stoic and reserved individuals suddenly became lively and engaging as they led the players through their lesson plans. It was a very encouraging experience!
What is one fun fact that people might not know about you?
I competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta as a varsity coxswain in college.
Are you interested in getting more involved in The First Tee like Becky? Visit www.firstteeseattle.org/volunteer to learn about ways you can make a difference.