First Tee – Silicon Valley held our summer in-person classes from July 5th through August 8th with 120 participants, 19 coaches and 19 volunteers. Our team worked hard to ensure our policies were in line with county’s safety procedures and all safety policies were followed with consistency. We created safety videos, signs, and adjusted our class procedures. Temperatures were taken, masks and gloves were worn, and coaches and participants maintained physical distance. As a result of everyone’s commitment to safety our summer classes took place with no reported cases of COVID-19! We are grateful to have delivered a fun, safe, and engaging program during these uncertain and difficult times. It took everyone to pull it off.
Each season we survey our participants. Those that completed the survey said, 96% had fun, 94% that they felt part of a group, and 87% said their life skills improved. Even though we had a condensed program our participants and coaches made the best of the situation, learned, and had fun.
We look forward to carrying this momentum into the Fall and offering our first full 8-week season during the COVID era beginning September 8th. Perseverance, as defined in our PLAYer book, is “to keep going no matter what.”
Program Director Chris Moreno-Hunt emphasized, “As long as we have the support of our participants, their families, and our donors we will continue to persevere and deliver programming to the best of our abilities. Our commitment to building character, providing safe and supportive mentoring, and delivering engaging physical activities will remain despite COVID-19.”
We are grateful for the 160 participants (and over 80 plus participants on the waiting list) for choosing to join us this season and choosing to persevere as well. Almost all of our classes filled within the first day of registration. On behalf of our team of coaches, volunteers, and staff we remain committed to serving our community and we thank everyone who is persevering with us.
We have a great team of coaches that make our program possible. To join our team and get involved as a volunteer coach, please visit our Volunteer page.
To learn more about our programs and future seasons please visit our Youth Classes page.