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News // First Tee Louisville uses golf to teach inner-city youth life lessons (golfweek.usatoday.com)

LOUISVILLE — D’Shawn Johnson wants to teach golf to the youth of Louisville. But more than that, as the executive director of the First Tee Louisville youth golf program, he wants to use the sport to teach life skills to young people all across the metro area.

The nine core values that form the foundation of the program are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment, and Johnson hopes to not only instill those values but also challenge some people’s perceptions about the game so they can reap its benefits.

“Golf mirrors life,” Johnson said. “You have your fairways, roughs (and) there’s challenges. It makes you think through the process. We work with other youth service providers and community centers, and we continue to knock down perceptional barriers. That’s what sometimes keeps us away from things that (are) going to help us. Golf is just that platform we use for an education-based…

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