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The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy comes to the Treasure Valley

Posted: 2:51 PM, Jul 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-26 16:51:06-04

BOISE — Last week we introduced you to the Idaho First Tee golf organization who put together a golf camp for kids while Garth Brooks was in town, this week the national organization is in the Treasure Valley for the first time ever.

The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy brings teenagers from all over the country together to improve their golf game and learn life lessons in the process.

"It's an opportunity that I will always remember, I didn't have opportunities like this so being out here means the world to me," said Ayana Boyd from Tennessee.

In the past 23 years the First Tee has helped children through golf with a 150 chapters around the country featuring after school programs, in school programs and through the years this organization has had 15 million young people participate in one way or another.

However, this camp is a unique experience as the children stay at Boise State University for about a week and every day they participate in golf games while building teamwork and using cooperation.

It is also the first time this leadership camp has come to Idaho and the CEO of the First Tee told us it's because of the Boise State University, the weather and our local golf courses.

"It gives kids an opportunity to come and experience an awesome community," said Greg McLaughlin the CEO of the First Tee. "Our team goes out and interviews five different markets around the country to try and find a good venue and for many of the kids this is the first time we have been here."

We caught up with the children and their 24 coaches at Ridgecrest Golf Club and to see the kind of games they are playing check out the video.