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$50,000 UPS Grant Expands “The First Tee” Youth Program at Seneca Golf Course

Friday November 2, 2012

A $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation will enable The First Tee of Louisville, a life skills youth development program, to construct a youth golf course at Metro Parks’ Seneca Golf Course.

Initially planned as a 3-hole course, the addition of the UPS grant to $16,000 in funds already committed by Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson, District 26, will provide for the expansion to nine holes. Ackerson today joined officials from UPS, The First Tee, and Louisville Metro Parks to break ground on the new course.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, UPS is proud to donate to causes like The First Tee,” said UPS Airlines President Mitch Nichols. “This program is having an impact on young people in the area where we live, serve and work, and we hope this donation helps this positive work to continue for a long time.”

The First Tee of Louisville, the local chapter of an international youth development organization, introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Designed for ages 5 to 18, and all golf skill levels, the program uses golf as the platform for cultivating life skills and ingraining core values that apply to all facets of life, such as respect, confidence, honesty, and responsibility.

Ed Perry, President of The First Tee of Louisville, said that this extraordinary gift is exactly what is needed to start the construction of the Par-3 course at Seneca Golf Course. UPS has made a gift which will be enjoyed by young people in our community for many years. Incidentally, as is the case with the AT&T Youth Course at Shawnee Golf Course, adults will not be able to play the Par-3 course unless accompanied by one or more kids.

Based at Metro Parks’ Shawnee Golf Course, The First Tee also operates programs at two other Metro Parks facilities, Seneca and Bobby Nichols golf courses, and also at Farnsley Golf Course. While Shawnee operates a 3-hole youth courses for The First Tee activities, Seneca will be the first 9-hole youth course in the program.

Youth courses are typically designed with shorter holes and smaller greens than traditional courses to accommodate beginning golfers, but with enough variety of design to offer challenging play as skills develop.

“Generous gifts from corporate citizens such as UPS, and support from local government officials, like Councilman Ackerson, make a huge difference in our community by supporting important and effective programs like The First Tee of Louisville,” said Marty Storch, Assistant Director of Metro Parks. “We’ve been delighted to be a partner of The First Tee for several years now, offering an affordable way for young people to be introduced to the game of golf and the life lessons it teaches.”

In 2011, UPS donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations in the Louisville community. In addition, the company’s 20,000 local employees logged almost 300,000 volunteer hours in the area.

About The First Tee of Louisville:
The First Tee of Louisville, a Chapter of The First Tee, a worldwide youth development organization, was founded in 2005. The Louisville Chapter is a life skills youth development program operated on the platform of golf. The Mission of The First Tee of Louisville is to enrich the lives of young people in our community by providing programs and facilities which promote character development and positive life skills through the game of golf. The First Tee of Louisville operates 8-week sessions from the first week of April through October at Shawnee, Seneca, Bobby Nichols and Farnsley golf courses which attract close to 350 participants yearly. During the off-season, representatives of the Chapter visit 15-20 elementary and middle schools, introducing 1500 to 2000 students to the game of golf while emphasizing the nine core values of The First Tee, which are Patience, Honesty, Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Confidence, Judgment, Responsibility and Sportsmanship.

About UPS:
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

The UPS Foundation, established by UPS founder Jim Casey in 1951, leads UPS’s corporate citizenship efforts, investing nearly $100 million each year and more than 1.4 million hours of UPSer’s volunteer time into our global communities each year.