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DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy to Make Donation to The First Tee

Go-To Team 2By: Ed Stack
Chairman & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods

Golf is such a special and unique game. It teaches character, integrity, respect, fair play, sportsmanship, and perseverance. What other sport is there where players call a penalty on themselves or disqualify themselves from a tournament because they made a mistake and broke a rule?

If we all lived our lives following the lessons and values learned while playing golf, our world might just be a better place.

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Teeing Up for The First Tee Summer Camps!

By: Brad Bennett

PGA TOUR - The First Tee Success Stories with Sergio Garcia.Looking for a great summer camp experience for your child?
A safe place where they can unplug from technology, develop life-long skills and become more confident as they experience success?

Then The First Tee summer camps are just the thing!

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The First Tee Celebrates 19,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week

NSP 8                            By Brad Bennett

Did you know that this is National Volunteer Week?

We couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to thank the more than 19,000 volunteers who have donated their time to our chapters by supporting fundraising and events, assisting with operations and administration, mentoring, coaching and more! Continue reading “The First Tee Celebrates 19,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week” »

I Am The First Tee: Robyn Battles

Robyn jokes around at the 2015 Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit with Kevin Long, executive director of The First Tee of Fort Worth

Robyn jokes around with Kevin Long, executive director at The First Tee of Fort Worth

Our new monthly blog series, I Am The First Tee, features current participants as well as alumni who want to share how The First Tee has made a difference in their lives.

This month features Robyn Battles from The First Tee of Fort Worth. She shares how leaders at her chapter inspired her to volunteer and a make a difference in someone else’s life.

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Junior Golfers Are on Their Way to Drive, Chip & Putt at Augusta

DriveChipPutt_Logo_with_SponsorBy: Brad Bennett

On April 5, 80 junior golfers will head to Augusta National Golf Club for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

And what do 16 of them have in common?
The First Tee!

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The First Tee Coaches Change Lives

2015 MentorWe all know that a coach’s role in a young person’s life can be very influential. A coach can help a young athlete develop a positive attitude, love for the game, and respect for coaches, teammates and opponents.

Below is an excerpt from a speech given by Neha Sikand at the 2015 Network Meeting in Dallas, describing how her coach, Terri Benson, has positively impacted her life. Neha is an Eagle-level participant at The First Tee of Central Coast and was one of The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award finalists.

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Everything is Bigger in Texas…Especially The First Tee’s 2015 Network Meeting!

by Brad Bennett

David Feherty and Annika Sorenstam among attendees

The First Tee 2015 Network Meeting logoFrom March 11-14, a record setting 800-plus leaders from across The First Tee network will gather in Dallas, Texas to attend the biennial Network Meeting–a continuing education conference designed exclusively for The First Tee leaders.

For three days, the network will focus on maximizing The First Tee’s positive impact on young people and share ideas about how to continue to inspire staff, mentors, coaches and volunteers.

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I Am The First Tee: Daniel Dahlinger

Daniel Dahlinger_junior golfer 2If you’re a participant of The First Tee and you’re reading this, stay in The First Tee program. It has changed my life, and it continues to do so.

I can honestly say that being in The First Tee has introduced me to life skills and guided me through character development that has made me a better person.

My experiences as a participant and junior golfer have forced me out of my comfort zone, helped me develop leadership skills through experience, taught me how to deal with conflict and have made me the person who I am today.

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The First Tee Scholars Program–Recognizing Junior Golfers Who Excel In Academics

Scholars3_200x145pxThe First Tee encourages all-around excellence. Our character education and life skills programs help young people prepare for success both on and off the golf course. The First Tee Scholars Program in particular recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, leadership skills, character development, and chapter and community involvement.

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Shining A Spotlight On Our Partners: Thank You to Visionworks!

The First Tee at VisionworksVisionworks, a Silver Corporate Partner of The First Tee, provided 14 chapters across the country with free vision screenings to participants in 2014. Young people in need of vision correction were given a voucher for a free comprehensive eye exam and pair of glasses redeemable at any area Visionworks store.

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