making a difference

At First Tee we strive to not only make good golfers, but better people. Participants and alumni across the country talk about what First Tee means to them, how the program has influenced them and how they plan to give back. In this blog, you will find out why golf is truly different than other sports by seeing it through the eyes of our participants and mentors who make our mission a reality.

College Golfer Louis Kelly: Standing Firm on Foundations of The First Tee

Categories: I am the First Tee, Uncategorized

The First Tee uses the game of golf to provide positive youth development for elementary, middle and high school students. But do our junior golfers continue to use The First Tee’s core values and life skills after they leave high school? Let’s take a look at Louis Kelly. An alumnus of...

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Michelle Xie: A Fun Twist on Auntie Anne's and The First Tee

Categories: I am the First Tee, Life Skills

The First Tee and Auntie Anne’s partnered to create the Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum that took place in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. During the three-day forum, participants attend interactive sessions covering career and ...

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The First Tee: Working to Prevent Bullying

Categories: Blog, Life Skills, Mentoring, Uncategorized

At The First Tee, we believe in teaching kids and teens the importance of maintaining healthy relationships and effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying and navigating social media. By emphasizing values like respect, courtesy and sportsmanship, The First Tee is equipping yo...

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Pedro Ortiz is Ready to Write His Future

Categories: I am the First Tee, Life Skills

At the heart of The First Tee are many young people with inspiring stories. Participant Pedro Ortiz from The First Tee of Monterey County had the incredible opportunity to share his story at the 2014 Trustee dinner for The First Tee board members–in front of dignitaries including Honorary Chair Pr...

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The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is More Than Just a Game—It’s a Game-Changer

Categories: Life Skills, PURE Insurance Championship, Uncategorized

 ~ From Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is one of the most exciting events for The First Tee and eighty-one of our participants. Entering its 11th year, this tournament has given more than 550 young people from more ...

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