NEWARK, Del. -- Members of the University of Delaware men’s and women’s golf teams participated in the Family Fun Healthy Heart Night at Downes Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 8 in conjunction with the First Tee of Delaware Program.
The entire Blue Hen men’s team was in attendance, represented by head coach Mike Keogh, Dan Costenbader, Kyle Martin, Ben Conroy, Fraser Graham, Braden Shattuck, Niño Rosal, and Tyler Cross. Women’s team members Kayleigh Reed, Baralee Theinthong, Vimonthip Benjasupawan, Andrea Slane and Emma Sills also participated at the event.
The night was filled with various activities for first through fifth grade children to participate with their parents including Zumba, dance, yoga stretching, karate, line dancing, golf, badminton and volleyball. The Blue Hen team members helped the youngsters putt, chip and hit golf balls wrapped in velcro so that they would stick to the targets.
“It was a really enjoyable night for all of us, and a lot of the children came back two and three times,” said Conroy, captain of the Delaware men’s team. “It was fun teaching the kids about golf and all of us athletes really enjoyed it, so it was a great experience for everyone.”
The First Tee of Delaware is a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people in the state by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development, life-enhancing values and healthy choices through the game of golf.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has emerged as a youth development organization focused on using golf as its platform to positively impact the lives of young people across the country. The First Tee of Delaware is one of over 200 chapters created since 1997.
“It means the world to us and our program for the UD players to participate in our programs,” said First Tee of Delaware Program Director Charma Bell. “Our kids are thrilled to interact with the players. They really are role models, and we are extremely grateful to be partnered with the University of Delaware golf program.”