200 Hattiesburg elementary school students learned golf skills and values such as honesty and integrity Tuesday during the First Tee of the Pine Belt's Champions Challenge at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.
The event gave 4th, 5th and 6th grade students at the city's six elementary school's a chance to test their putting and chipping skills while getting some lessons in nine core values used in the First Tee program. Among those are respect, courtesy and responsibility.
"We're learning to show respect to the adults and your fellow peers," said Kyler Scott, a 6th grade student at Lillie Burney Elementary School. "We're learning about good judgement and bad judgement, we're learning about sportsmanship," he said.
"It helps us learn about golf and the program that we went through, it teaches us about life skills that we should use," said Jamiyah Nelson, a 6th grader at Rowan Elementary School.
"Golf is one of the most frustrating games there is, so these nine core values are going to help you not be so frustrated and keep your cool," said Ahmarey Stimley, a 10th grader at Hattiesburg High School and a volunteer at the event.
The competing students were selected by their PE coaches.
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