First Tee of Greater Knoxville hosts "Live Green!"

The First Tee of Greater Knoxville is participating in a new environmental education and course improvement program called “Live Green,” developed in partnership with The Toro Company and Audubon International. On Saturday, June 7th from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, 100 urban young people will learn about superintendent careers, golf course management and science, and work with The First Tee along with Audubon International and Toro to enhance William’s Creek Golf Course through eco-friendly projects. Projects include planting trees, enhancing the Clubhouse and parking areas through installing native plants, and creek cleanup.

“Toro has been a longtime supporter of The First Tee and this latest program is an example of their desire to help our organization positively impact young people through educational programs,” said Diondre Jackson, the Executive Director of The First Tee. “We are grateful for their leadership and Audubon International’s participation, and trust the young people involved in the program will benefit, as will the environment.”

“Live Green” brings attention to the environmental platform within The First Tee’s Nine Healthy Habits program. The Nine Healthy Habits is a framework for curriculum for nine health and wellness topics that participants are taught to follow both in the game of golf as well as in their personal lives. One of the wellness topics is community. The First Tee encourages young people to explore the health of their community and discover how they can give back and care for the environment.

In addition to funding the program, Toro will inform participating young people on engineering and science as it applies to golf course care.

“Engaging participants of The First Tee in an environmental education project such as this extends Toro’s purpose of enriching the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land,” said Mike Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are proud to partner with these two great organizations to provide students with a greater understanding of how courses today work to create a great player experience while protecting the environment.”

Audubon International will work closely with The First Tee throughout the program, assisting in identifying and recommending improvements at Williams Creek Golf Course and providing environmental education to the young people involved.

About The First Tee of Greater Knoxville
The First Tee of Greater Knoxville is the local chapter of a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds with an opportunity to develop through golf and character education. Participants are taught Nine Core Values through the game of golf, such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The First Tee offers opportunities for improvement in the quality of life and creates a platform where children can increase their potential for success. For more information, visit www.thefirstteegreaterknoxville.org.

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of turf and landscape maintenance equipment, and precision irrigation systems. With sales of nearly $1.9 billion in fiscal 2011, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries through its reputation of world-class service, innovation and turf expertise. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. Since 1991, Audubon International has been working to promote environmental education and stewardship in the game and on the course. Over 2,400 golf courses across the United States and in two-dozen countries work with Audubon International through a set of education and environmental certification programs. For more information please visit: www.AudubonInternational.org or www.GolfandEnvironment.com

CONTACT:
Diondre Jackson
The First Tee of Greater Knoxville
Office:(865) 673-8584
Cell: (865) 405-6716
diondrej@aol.com


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