Selected Participants

This all-girls event will focus on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.  Applicants will be asked to define the people or circumstances that ‘drive’ them to take on a position of leadership and describe how they plan to apply those principles in their life. The academy will take place in the city of Detroit, MI, and participants will have the opportunity to experience the Solheim Cup in Toledo, Ohio in 2021.

Event Info

Date: September 3-6 2021*
Location: Detroit, MI

*Event Update: Due to the current situation with coronavirus, the John Deere Drive Your Future Academy has been rescheduled for September 3-6, 2021 in Detroit, MI. 


A total of 24 female participants will be selected from the chapter network for the four-day academy experience. Participants will submit, essays, an activities chart, and a chapter letter of recommendation.

How to Participate

This event is only available to teens involved in chapters of First Tee. Most of the events and programs have a selection process that includes an application reviewed by a committee. Parents, if you want your child to participate, please inquire at your chapter.

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