The organizations build on a shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and empowering young people
PONTE VEDRA, FLA. and CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 13, 2022 – First Tee®, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf, and Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp. (NYSE: MODG) (the “Company” or “Topgolf Callaway Brands”), a global leader in golf equipment, apparel and entertainment, are expanding their longtime partnership. Through the new partnership, Topgolf Callaway Brands will support initiatives that are helping expand First Tee programs, especially in underserved and underrepresented communities, including networkwide access to Topgolf.
“Topgolf Callaway Brands is proud to support First Tee’s mission to empower children and teens through golf,” said Chip Brewer, President & CEO of Topgolf Callaway Brands. “We are excited to become a First Tee Trustee and through our shared values, provide more access and opportunities for youth in the communities we serve.”
Topgolf Callaway Brands has been supporting First Tee since 2001. The Company is expanding their support and becoming a First Tee Trustee on the heels of the First Tee’s 25th Anniversary Network Summit held in Dallas, November 16 – 18, 2022. The Summit brought together more than 600 representatives from First Tee’s network of 150 chapters to celebrate the organization’s anniversary and continue to build momentum for the future with robust workshops and training sessions. The Summit concluded with a networking event at Topgolf.
“We believe in creating experiences that are just as fun as they are meaningful, and Topgolf Callaway Brands is an ideal partner to help us expand our reach,” said Greg McLaughlin, First Tee CEO. “Since launching the organization 25 years ago, it has been our priority to reach young people from all backgrounds, and we are grateful for the support from Topgolf Callaway Brands that will help further our efforts.”
Founded in 1997, First Tee is celebrating 25 years of enabling kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. These character education programs are offered at golf courses, schools and youth centers in all 50 states and at six international locations.
To learn more about First Tee, please visit firsttee.org.
About PGA TOUR First Tee Foundation (“First Tee”)
First Tee (www.firsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization that is supported by the PGA TOUR. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. In 2022, First Tee celebrates its 25th anniversary and reaching millions of youth through its network of 150 chapters, 10,000 schools and 1,700 youth centers. Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA, programs are delivered in all 50 United States and select international locations. President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair.
About Topgolf Callaway Brands
Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp. (NYSE: MODG) is an unrivaled tech-enabled Modern Golf and active lifestyle company delivering leading golf equipment, apparel, and entertainment, with a portfolio of global brands including Topgolf, Callaway Golf, TravisMathew, Toptracer, Odyssey, OGIO, Jack Wolfskin, and World Golf Tour (“WGT”). “Modern Golf” is the dynamic and inclusive ecosystem that includes both on-course and off-course golf. For more information, please visit https://www.topgolfcallawaybrands.com.
Sara Henika, First Tee
Lauren Scott, Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp.