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OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

The First Tee's mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Since 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its positive values to more than 7.6 million young people in 50 states, four international locations and more than 5,300 elementary schools.

Life skills programs that incorporate The First Tee Nine Core Values™ are delivered through a network of community-based chapters and schools representing over 800 school districts.

The First Tee programs are offered at other youth-service locations and on some U.S. military installations.

"I continue to be impressed by the passion I see throughout every level of The First Tee. The organization has become an important part of the golf industry, as well as a leader in the areas of
education and youth development." -- Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner and Chair, The First Tee Board.

Chapter Network

What started as an initiative to create affordable access to the game of golf has now become a leading youth development organization. 

  • Nearly 200 chapters offering life skills programs in more than 750 locations
  • More than 14,000 volunteers, board members, coaches (including more than 800 PGA/LPGA professionals) are engaged in teaching and mentoring participants
  • 50% of The First Tee participants at chapters are from diverse backgrounds compared to 21% in all of golf* (*According to National Golf Foundation, 2012)

The First Tee National School Program

Established in 2004, The First Tee National School Program trains physical eucators to introduce children to golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nne Healthy Habits during regularly scheduled physical education classes in elementary schools. The program offers students a unique perspective toward
learning golf while appreciating the positive personal and social values associated with a lifelong game and physical fitness activity.

  • More than 5,300 schools participating in the program
  • Cost-effective program to
    implement: Approximately $3,000 per school

"The value of my participation in The First Tee is immeasurable. The First Tee helped me develop a strong foundation of morals and values that I can utilize to help me reach my goals and to achieve my dreams." -- Jeffrey Tran, Scholar, Class of 2008