The First Tee’s Top 3 Benefits of PE and Playing Sports

NSP 6When school starts, the exercise and fitness shouldn’t stop. Experts agree that physical activity is essential to young people, and physical education helps instill the importance of playing sports and being active. That’s why The First Tee National School Program introduces golf, values and healthy habits to elementary students during PE classes.  

Here are a few benefits of PE programs and playing sports:


1. Improved Physical Fitness and Health

The most obvious benefit of PE is that physical activity helps develop healthy bones, joints, muscles and fend off obesity. According to Phit America, PE “prepares children to be physically and mentally active, fit and healthy for life.” The First Tee National School Program is designed to engage students in daily lesson activities that lead to motor skill development and emphasize making healthy choices in life.

2. Strengthened Interpersonal Skills and Peer Relationships

Physical education and sports can help build a young person’s confidence and social interactions. One of The First Tee Nine Core Values is respect and the importance of showing respect for oneself, playing partners and fellow competitors. Students build an appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game with each lesson.  

3. Improve student performance in academics

Research shows that healthy activity helps strengthen and stimulate a young person’s mind. Studies indicate increased fitness and sports activities leads to improved academics and attention spans. Physical education also helps students build self-discipline and personal goal-setting. Are you an advocate for the health of your children and your community? Learn more about bringing The First Tee to your child’s elementary school.

About The First Tee National School Program

Currently introduced to more than 9,000 elementary schools, The First Tee National School Program creates an environment where young people are introduced to the lifelong sport while learning the basic golf motor skills and the inherent values of the game. Southern Company logoThanks to the support of Southern Company, The First Tee’s Education Patron, the National School Program will be implemented in 1,000 schools by 2017 in the communities served by Southern Company operating companies: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power.