You see evidence of that even if you’re just visiting Lost Marsh Golf Course, the program’s home, for a few hours to take photos, as I did in late July.
And, in many ways, it’s also a primer on the Gentleman’s rule.
Lost Marsh is a place of transformation, but for all its growth and impressive new facilities, The First Tee is the most important thing happening there.
Tyler was named the group’s executive director in Hammond late last year, and he’s grown the program from 50 to almost 500 kids in fewer than 12 months. More than 40 showed up in the two hours that I was there.
But The First Tee is a non-profit in a small office apart from that multi-million dollar clubhouse and is in need of funding. It nearly went broke before Tyler took the helm, and he’s seeking myriad ways to keep the program alive.
That’s where the Wabash community can help. And all you have to do is vote. First Tee is being considered for a Nike “Back Your Block” grant of $2,500. The program with the most votes wins the grant, and First Tee is currently in second place.
You can read more about the program and its positive impact on kids’ lives (and cast your vote) here. I know that Barry would appreciate your considering it. I also met a bunch of kids who’d be cheering you on!
Click here for a photo album from my visit to Lost Marsh and First Tee.
In photo: Barry Tyler teaches a boy from the local YWCA how to hit the ball out of a sand trap.