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The First Tee


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.

The First Tee
is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations. The First Tee helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by using golf to introduce them to life skills and character education, including The First Tee Nine Core Values, like integrity, respect and perseverance, and The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, like safety, vision and community.

Click here to learn more about The First Tee or locate a chapter.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has:
•    Introduced golf and its values to more than 9 million participants
•    Grown its programming locations to almost 900 in 50 states and three international locations
•    Launched The First Tee National School Program through physical education classes in over 6,000 elementary schools and 800 school districts nationwide.
•    Increased its number of active coaches to 2,000 and active volunteers to 17,000

An independent, four-year, longitudinal research study confirmed The First Tee’s ability to successfully teach life skills and The First Tee Nine Core Values to youth participating in the Life Skills Experience, the educational curriculum delivered at all chapters. Read more about how the study confirms young people learn and exhibit these life skills on the golf course, as well as in school, at home and other settings.

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How you can help
Donations to The First Tee support the work of our chapters; bring The First Tee programming to elementary schools; facilitate the development and enhancement of curricula; provide scholarships to The First Tee Academies; and educate and train the adults involved with the program. Read more about how The First Tee is impacting participants and their parents, as well as coaches and teachers involved in the program.

The First Tee, a division of World Golf Foundation, an organization recognized as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible within the limits of the law. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor for details.

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