(AOY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -- Oct. 3, 2019) — The next Lee Treviño or Nancy Lopez may be a pre-kindergarten student at Aoy today. At least that’s what an EPISD physical-education program that teaches young students the basics of gold hopes.
The young 4-year-old students were for the first time included in the First Tee El Paso unit of golf basics as part of their P.E. classes. The program has been available to EPISD schools on a rotating basis for years, but it didn’t include pre-kindergarten classes until this year.
“This is great. We love exposing all the students to as many different sports as possible,” said Adrian Flores, a physical-education teacher at Aoy in Segundo Barrio. “The beauty of this program is that it introduces golf to students who may not otherwise have a chance to practice the sport.”
The specialized golf equipment fits right into the hands of the little students and it is designed to help teachers show basics like teeing, driving and putting. The equipment was acquired by EPISD through a grant.
Flores said the unit lasts about four weeks and then the equipment is shipped to another school for their use.
“EPISD is a true leader in active learning and that’s also the case in physical education,” he said. “The District offers students innovative and forward-thinking approaches to physical education so that they can have a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their life.”