Part of HYPE’s mission is to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social opportunities, and become ambassadors for the Hartford Region. HYPE encourages cross-collaboration among agencies and organizations that offer opportunities to volunteer in the community. The Community Conversations series focuses on interviewing professionals in a local nonprofit to bring awareness to their mission, highlight their impact in the community, and provide information on how to get more involved with the organization. For the September 2019 edition Community Involvement Committee member Phil Blonski interviewed Mark Moriarty & Mark Murnane of The First Tee of Connecticut
What is the mission of your organization?
The First Tee of Connecticut is a youth development organization whose mission is 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.
What is your role within the organization?
Phil spoke with Mark Moriarty, Executive Director or The First Tee of Connecticut and
Mark Murnane, Program Director of The First Tee.
How do you implement your services or programs?
Through programs at 20 outdoor locations, in 162 schools and in partnership with local youth service agencies, The First tee annually helps shape the lives of nearly 70,000 young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.
In what ways has your organization been impactful to your cause?
The First Tee is proud to impact young people through their programs by introducing Nine Core Values (Honesty, Integrity, Judgment, Confidence, Courtesy, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship & Perseverance) in an activity-based setting. Programs are offered in communities across the state including Hartford, East Hartford, Bridgeport, Cromwell, Waterbury, New Haven and Danbury.
How does someone get more involved?
The First Tee are always looking for volunteer support in the role of Assistant Coach.This requires a basic understanding of golf and a willingness to serve as a role model for young people. Time commitment is weekly for 7 weeks in the spring, summer and/or fall for one weekday evening or weekend shift. Email Mark Murnane for more information on volunteering.