LINDEN, NJ - Linden Public Schools will be unveiling a program in the fall to introduce golf into the physical education curriculum for elementary school students.

The First Tee National School Program, through a partnership with Elizabethtown Gas, has
provided the equipment and instruction for fun golf-based games that can be played outdoors or
in the gym. Students will be using clubs that work with Velcro balls, similar in size and
appearance to tennis balls.

The games also include obstacles and targets that can be used to teach students about chipping and putting, in a safe way that emphasizes teamwork.

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“We’re grateful to The First Tee National School Program and Elizabethtown Gas for giving us
the fantastic opportunity to introduce golf to our elementary school students,” Superintendent
Danny A. Robertozzi said. “We are always looking for creative ways to diversify our physical
education classes in order to motivate students to keep moving and build a love for fitness.
Learning golf now could pay dividends for our students far down the road with a lifetime of
physical activity and enjoyment.”

Elementary school physical education teachers got together at School No. 10 for an afternoon of
training on May 11 where they learned how to integrate the program into their classes – and had
some fun themselves trying out the equipment and playing games, including “golf baseball.”

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