Franklin, Ind. – The First Tee of Indiana has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 3, 2013 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
The First Tee of Indiana has joined #GivingTuesday to celebrate the generosity of Hoosiers who not only love the game of golf but who also understand the importance of providing quality programs for Indiana youth. The First Tee is an international nonprofit organization which provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. First Tee Programs are currently conducted in Indianapolis, Richmond, Columbus, Blomington, Michiana and South Central Indiana and funded solely through the generosity of corporations and individual donors around the state.
"#GivingTuesday offers The First Tee of Indiana an opportunity to tell our story to a new audience,” said Mike David, Executive Director, The First Tee of Indiana. "We want Hoosiers to know there are many ways to support our program in addition to cash; in-kind contributions like golf clubs, golf bags, and golf balls also are necessary to our success. Additionally, we have thousands of junior golfers who participate in our programs around the state, most who are extremely active on social media, and #GivingTuesday is a great way to teach kids the holiday giving season should include community giving as well.”
Over the next month, The First Tee of Indiana will help raise awareness of #GivingTuesday through social media and email campaigns, encouraging its supporters to join this unique call to action and give back.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow #GivingTuesday (https://twitter.com/GivingTues) on Twitter.
About The First Tee of Indiana
The First Tee of Indiana is a program of the Indiana Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The First Tee is a youth development organization working to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Currently, The First Tee of Indiana has program affiliate sites in Indianapolis, Richmond, Columbus, Bloomington, Michiana, and South Central Indiana.
About the Indiana Golf Foundation
Established in 1994 as a shared vision of the Indiana Golf Association and the Indiana Section PGA, the Indiana Golf Foundation (IGF) is dedicated to affording young people the opportunity to learn the game of golf and the life lessons it teaches. The Foundation is funded by both private and corporate contributions, and due to this generosity, juniors are ableparticipate in our programs with minimal, to no fees. The Foundation consists of the Indiana Junior Tour, the Gongaware Junior Academy, The First Tee of Indiana, the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame and scholarship programs.