Hello! The time has come for me to write another post. In this post I’m going to discuss how to use The First Tee’s Nine Core Values (Courtesy in particular) to your advantage! I’m also going to talk about my last tournament because this is a golf blog, after all.
My last tournament was a Junior Varsity one, and although it was supposed to be eighteen holes, Farmington High School and Piedra Vista had to leave early due to a bus mishap. I don’t know the details. It was a lot of fun, and the weather cooperated for once. It was not a scramble, but I was in a group with three other girls (one of whom I already knew and all of whom I liked). A birdie did occur at one point, but not for me. However, we all cheered just as happily as we would have had it been our shot. That’s how I knew I was in the best group I could hope to be in.
Speaking of awesome teams to be on, I am part of a Lego team (a team of kids that builds a Lego robot and takes it to tournaments in order to compete with other teams). This year we did well enough to gain admittance to a tournament in Arkansas! We couldn’t have made it this far without core values. Why? Because teams get disqualified for bad behavior! Also, you are much less likely to move on if you are mean to other teams or members of your own team. The judges even have a part of the tournament devoted to core values!
In order to get to Arkansas, we are doing a lot of fund raising. Our latest tactic was to sell cinnamon rolls. Core values can even help people sell things! One of the Nine Core Values comes into play here–Courtesy. People are more likely to want to support us if we are courteous and polite. After selling over 150 dozen rolls, we have enough money to rent a car that seats fifteen people and book hotels for the entire trip. Now we just need money for gas and food for seven teen and preteen girls and three chaperones. My mother is one of those chaperones, so I will either have a lot of funny stories after the trip–or I will have died of embarrassment.
Another organization I belong to is the Atomic Teen Cafe (an organization that puts on science presentations for teens). Free food is also provided, and a friend, my sister, and I are in charge of arranging food donations. Being courteous is also beneficial in this instance. For the first presentation, we managed to get more than enough food for those attending–there were leftovers!
I also sold raffle tickets for The First Tee last year. I sold them to neighbors, family friends, neighbors who are family friends, relatives, and myself. My family raised more than eighty dollars! I look forward to helping The First Tee again this coming summer. My amazing coach is giving me a pass on First Tee fundraising while I’m working on Lego fundraising.
So, if you ever need to sell homemade cinnamon rolls or arrange for Pizza 9 to donate fifteen pizzas (thank you, Pizza 9!), being courteous is beneficial. Some other must-haves are a big smile and a firm handshake. (Really, any handshake is good, but one that is not so firm as to hurt but not a “dead fish” one.) If you ever have to fundraise, I hope this helps.
I also want to thank the many people who have helped my cause–which might have been my Lego team, The First Tee, the Atomic Teen Cafe, or any of the many other things I am a part of!