Overcoming Obstacles


Often considered an elite sport, golf isn’t necessarily a hobby or passion for underprivileged children. The Tampa YMCA’s The First Tee of Tampa Bay program is working to change that by offering affordable and accessible golf opportunities to all children, despite their socio-economic background.


One of those opportunities involves Tampa’s Legacy Preparatory Academy, where more than half the student body is eligible for free or reduced price lunches. PGA Pro Ken Juhn, coach for The First Tee of Tampa Bay, spearheads an annual event to teach Legacy Prep students the game.


During last month’s golf clinic co-hosted by The First Tee Tampa Bay with the NFPGA West Central Chapter, about 50 kids didn’t just learn about golf; they also got lessons in perseverance and overcoming obstacles. And what better way to learn than from the pros themselves? Many local PGA professionals participated including 6-time PGA Tour winner Gary Koch, 12-time PGA Champions Tour winner Jim Dent, and First Tee Program Director Mackenzie Mack, LPGA/PGA. After their time of the green at Terrace Hill Golf Center, the young golfers enjoyed lunch while hearing from inspirational speakers motivating them to strive for the best.


Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and participants of the Legacy Prep Academy Scholars’ Golf Clinic. Because of your support, the Y and The First Tee of Tampa Bay can continue to show today’s youth that golf is more than a game – it’s an opportunity to become the very best they can be. Click here to learn more about The First Tee of Tampa Bay.

Pictured above: Gary Koch, 6-time PGA Tour winner and 12-time PGA Champions’ Tour winner Jim Dent show students how to hit a golf ball.

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