The First Tee of East Lake participants learn to “Live Green”

The First Tee of East Lake will participate in an environmental education and course improvement program called “Live Green!,” developed by The First Tee in partnership with The Toro Company and Audubon International. On August 8th from 8:45-11:45, 100 young people will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable golf practices while making environmental enhancements to the Charlie Yates Golf Course.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide The First Tee of East Lake participants new educational opportunities that focus on environmental sustainability and golf course management,” said Nyre Williams, Director of The First Tee of East Lake. “We are grateful to Toro and Audubon International for providing this exceptional program as we strive to teach participants not only how to play the game of golf, but also care for their community and the environment.”

In addition to funding the program, Toro will teach the young people participating about the science of caring for a golf course to both protect the environment and create healthy turf conditions.  Audubon International will work closely with The First Tee of East Lake to identify and recommend improvements at the course. They will also provide environmental education activities for the participants involved.

“Live Green!” brings attention to the importance of caring for the environment. Through The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, health and wellness topics are shared with participants to consider both in the game of golf as well as in their personal lives. The First Tee of East Lake encourages young people to explore the health of their community and discover how they can give back and care for the environment.

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About The First Tee of East Lake

The First Tee® of East Lake is a year-round golf instruction and mentoring program of the East Lake Foundation that uses the principles of golf – discipline, hard work and integrity – to enhance the academic achievement and life skills of youth in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood.  The First Tee® of East Lake serves more than 800 children each year.

About Toro

The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf, snow and ground engaging equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2014, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries. Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and integrity, Toro and its family of brands have built a legacy of excellence by helping customers care for golf courses, landscapes, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields. For more information, visit

About Audubon International

Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources, thus leading to more sustainable communities. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for golf courses, businesses, schools, new developments, and entire communities.