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20 years of Impact
The First Tee is a youth sports organization whose 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. The program introduces kids to the game of golf and its inherent values and positively impacts their lives through programs in elementary schools, on golf courses and at youth centers around the country. With your support, we can look forward to the next 20 years of positively impacting youth through the game of golf.
We are excited to celebrate all of the great work you’ve helped us achieve over the years, but we also want to celebrate YOUR story! Join the many faces of The First Tee by sharing your story below.November 1997moreFebruary 1998moreFebruary 1999moreMarch 1999more
The First Tee of Valparaiso (now The First Tee of Indiana) became the first chapter. Today, the chapter reaches more than 1,000 youth at area golf courses. The National School Program is in 225 elementary school PE classes, introducing 70,000 Indiana youth to the game of golf and The First Tee.April 2000more
Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. is announced as new National Director of The First Tee.Read Joe's Story
As chief executive officer, Mr. Barrow provided strategic direction and executive oversight for all activities of The First Tee. He joined The First Tee in 2000 and led the organization to introduce the game of golf and its values to kids and teens across all 50 states and select international locations.November 2003more
Inspired by a speech made by 16-year-old Steven Outlaw at one of The First Tee’s Network Meetings, Dr. William Crouch, then-president of Georgetown College, surprised the audience by spontaneously offering Outlaw a scholarship to his school and the Scholars Program began.September 2004moreSeptember 2006more
Ace focuses on personal planning and will reinforce skills such as self-management, goal setting, self-coaching, interpersonal communication, and resilience that were applied in earlier levels of the program.March 2009moreJuly 2009moreFebruary 2011more
The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for kids.
The Nine Healthy Habits include:
Physical: Energy, Play, Safety
Emotional: Vision, Mind, Family
Social: Friend, School, CommunityFebruary 2011moreDecember 2012moreSeptember 2013more
Launched The First Tee DRIVE, bringing programs to students at youth-serving organizations.The First Tee DRIVENovember 2015more
Third-party research confirms our coaches and curriculum make a positive impact on teens & alumni.Good Golfers, Better PeopleJanuary 2016more
The First Tee Alumni Network brings together former participants to re-connect with old friends, network and provide opportunities to give back to the community and build careers.September 2016moreDecember 2016moreSeptember 2017more