Why The First Tee National School Program is Right for Your School

Categories: Blog, Character Education, Healthy Habits, National School Program, Programs, The First Tee Nine Core Values

Physical education programs are a great way to introduce youth to new activities. And The First Tee National School Program was designed to do just that! The program gives elementary students the opportunity to learn golf and how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

“I am particularly excited that we’ve been able to tie skills to the larger picture of what we want a student to grow up and look like and sound like as an adult. We are very, very grateful for this program.”  — Principal, Jacksonville, Fl.

school golf program 1So, why choose The First Tee? Here are four reasons why The First Tee National School Program is right for your school and students.

Reason #1: Golf

The great thing about golf is that it’s a game anyone can play and anyone can teach for a lifetime! Lesson plans and training included with the program were designed for physical educators regardless of their knowledge of golf! Through fun activities, PE teachers guide students through a basic understanding of golf motor skills by engaging students in activities such as putting, chipping, pitching and full swings. We want to show them that golf can be a lifelong activity!


Safety is the top priority for PE teachers who practice what The First Tee calls the “5 layers of safety.” Through proper planning and set up of the activities, students learn how to respectfully take turns, swing the golf club safely, manage their behavior and establish consistent routines.

Reason #3: Core Values

By establishing a “core value of the day” that is in line with The First Tee Nine Core Values, PE teachers easily observe and track how a child learns and demonstrates a specific behavior during activities. Furthermore, students learn how to apply the core values beyond PE class to other areas of their lives – at home or in the classroom.

school golf program 2Reason #4: Healthy Habits

Each lesson warm-up introduces students to physical, emotional and social practices that align with The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits.

What next?

Want to upgrade your child’s PE experience? Here are a few steps:

  1. Contact our Outreach team by completing this form.
  2. We’ll work with you to identify funding opportunities (this can be the school, a donor, or corporation).
  3. After identifying funding, we train the PE teacher.
  4. Schools receive the curriculum and equipment after training.
  5. Students start enjoying golf in school!

4 responses to “Why The First Tee National School Program is Right for Your School

  1. I was wondering if this program would work with 4 and 5 year olds? Would I be eligible to apply? We are a feeder PreK program to a public school.

  2. Hi Catherine,
    We can connect you with our National School Program team. Please send an email to homeoffice@thefirsttee.org with your city and state and someone from our team will reach out to you with more information. Thanks!

  3. Hi, I started my research of your program after a friend told me about her girls participating in First Tee at school and how they are looking forward to First Tee’s summer camp.

    I am disappointed to find there are no programs in my area (Vero Beach, FL) and the closest program (Ft. Pierce) is not offering summer camp. I continued looking a your site and all the programs you offer.

    I would like to know where you are in bringing First Tee to the North end of the Treasure Coast in Florida. Also, has Imagine Schools at South Vero or Storm Grove Middle School (School District of Indian River County) applied for any programing/training.

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