FRANKLIN, Tenn. -– During the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships in Franklin, Tenn., participants had the opportunity to partake in two community initiatives in an effort to promote community service at NCAA championships.

Participants donated new and gently used golf shoes to The First Tee of Nashville. The First Tee of Nashville is a youth golf program whose mission is “to improve the educational and character development of Nashville's youth through the learning of golf's positive core values like sportsmanship, honesty, integrity and judgment”.

The program received a donation of approximately 50 pairs of shoes from Division I women’s golf student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans. The shoes will go to underprivileged youth in The First Tee program.

Student-athletes also brought handmade “Get Well” cards for the children currently admitted at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, upon arriving to the championship site. Many created additional cards after the completion of the NCAA rules meeting Tuesday night.

“Great participation from the teams and players had fun doing this,” expressed Lori Alexander, Associate Director of Student Athletics at Vanderbilt University.