Coach Donnie Tyndall drives volunteer spirit into the First Tee Program

Williams Creek Golf Course near downtown Knoxville is known as one of the top par 3 golf courses in the country.
But there's more to this sometimes forgotten green gem.
It's also home to the First Tee Program.

Diondre Jackson is the Executive Director of First Tee. He says, "Our goal is not to create the next professional golfer. It's to teach the kids the core values to be successful in life. Golf is just the tool."

It consists of an after school program mentoring students in reading and math.

"If you don't have the grades, you can't compete," says Diondre.

UT Men's Basketball Coach Donnie Tyndall is going full court for the kids. He's hosting a golf tournament benefiting First Tee and the United Way.

"I had the opportunity this spring to go by and look at the resources and the center and the great things going on and spoke to some of the young kids that were there and you could see the passion and excitement in their eyes," says Coach Tyndall.

Tyndall adds, "To help their social skills and life skills and educate them on the importance of going to college, it's what I talk to my team about on a daily basis, it's what I talk to my daughters about all the time."

And Coach Tyndall is prepared to plenty about basketball during the tournament, but says it's unlikely he'll be swinging any clubs.

Coach laughing, "I'm probably better at the life skills part of it than the I am the golf part of it!"

The Donnie Tyndall Classic is 8am-12noon with lunch on September 5, 2014 at Williams Creek Golf Course.
Each team will get a former UT Basketball player or coach to play with them!

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