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First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids and teens. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.
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nine core values
Our Nine Core Values represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf. See how kids and families benefit from our values and are encouraged to reinforce these behaviors at home.X
in·teg·ri·tystrict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; personal honesty and independence
Golf is a game of etiquette and composure. Players are responsible for their actions and personal conduct on the golf course even at times when others may not be looking.Apply this Value Watch: Sergio Garcia Talks About our Values Blog: Coach inspires youth to live with integrity
re·spectto feel or show deferential regard for; esteem
In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honor and traditions of the game.Apply this Value Blog: The Power of a Handshake Watch: Scott Langley talks about our Core Values
con·fi·dencereliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance
Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that one achieves. Players can increase confidence in their abilities by being positive and focusing on something they are doing well regardless of the outcome.Apply this Value Watch: Paula Creamer Talks about our Values Blog: Top 5 Reasons Girls Should Play Sports—Like Golf
re·spon·si·bil·i·tyaccounting for one’s actions; dependable
Players are responsible for their actions on the golf course. It is up to them to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green, and keep up with the pace of play.Apply this Value Watch: Rickie Fowler talks about our Values Blog: Coach inspires youth to use responsibility
per·se·ver·anceto persist in an idea, purpose or task despite obstacles
To succeed in golf, players must continue through bad breaks and their own mistakes, while learning from past experiences.Apply this Value Watch: Sergio Garcia talks about our values Blog: 10 participants exemplify perseverance Blog: Charlie Sifford’s Perseverance Paved the Way
cour·te·syconsiderate behavior toward others; a polite remark or gesture
A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Players also should be still and quiet while others are preparing and performing a shot.Apply this Value Watch: Jimmy Walker talks about our Core Values Blog: The Power of a Handshake
judg·mentthe ability to make a decision or form an opinion; a decision reached after consideration
Using good judgment is very important in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance, the type of shot players consider executing, as well as making healthy choices on and off the golf course.Apply this Value Watch: Paula Creamer Talk About Our Values Blog: TOMS Founder Reflects on using Judgment