Teeing up for success

By Brandi Bailey

Teeing up for success

June 20, 2014 Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 11:56 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) In hopes of reaching nearly 1,000 students, the city of Binghamton has created a summer program to keep local students on the right track.

It's the "Binghamton First Tee Program," which is a chapter of “The First Tee” international junior golf program.

The Binghamton First Tee will be run through city's Youth Initiative Program.

The Dick's Sporting Good Open has committed to contributing $5,000 a year for the program.

It's all in an effort to give children in kindergarten through fifth grade the chance to learn basic golf skills.

"It's not just about the great sport of golf, but what the students will take in terms of building character and personal attributes to strengthen their lives," Dr. Albert Penna with the city's Youth Success Initiative said.

Students from Benjamin Franklin, Horace Mann, Calvin Coolidge and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools will be included.

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