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A Unique American Tradition – Message from Chief Executive Office, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, The First Tee

Each year at this time I take a moment and reflect on Thanksgiving. As we ready for the next days with our family and friends, I think of the stories we hear each day or week from young people of The First Tee.

Lives have changed because of coaches and teachers delivering our curriculum. For many young people, their sense of purpose has been altered. They are more confident, focused and determined to succeed and to contribute in ways they had not previously considered.

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Alumnus Adam Addams: How The First Tee, Golf and STEM Intertwine

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The First Tee alumnus Adam Addams

Like many junior golfers, Adam Addams, an alumnus of The First Tee of Greater Chicago, loves math, loves golf and loves The First Tee.

Adam is combining his passions to advocate for The First Tee STEM Links--a new youth program that leads participants through experiments that align Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts with relevant golf experiences.

Below is Adam’s message about how The First Tee, math and golf are intertwined.

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College Golfer Louis Kelly: Standing Firm on Foundations of The First Tee

Louis Kelly at Miramon Invitational Bryan, Texas. Photo by Brad Kemp.

Louis Kelly at the Miramont Invitational Bryan, Texas. Photo by Brad Kemp.

The First Tee uses the game of golf to provide positive youth development for elementary, middle and high school students. But do our junior golfers continue to use The First Tee’s core values and life skills after they leave high school?

Let’s take a look at Louis Kelly. An alumnus of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, Kelly is now a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is an integral part of the golf team and recently claimed the Individual Title at the Miramont Invitational in Bryan, Texas.

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Michelle Xie: A Fun Twist on Auntie Anne’s and The First Tee

The First TeeMichelle Xie 5_head shot and Auntie Anne’s partnered to create the Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum that took place in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

During the three-day forum, participants attend interactive sessions covering career and community leadership led by Auntie Anne’s executives and franchise partners.

Michelle Xie, a participant of The First Tee of Silicon Valley (as well as the winner of the 2013 Pro-Junior Title with Champions Tour’s Kirk Triplett at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach), was one of 50 teens selected to attend the event. She served as The First Tee’s guest blogger from the event–read more about her first-hand account on this exciting opportunity!

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The First Tee: Working to Prevent Bullying

anti-bullyingAt The First Tee, we believe in teaching kids and teens the importance of maintaining healthy relationships and effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying and navigating social media. By emphasizing values like respect, courtesy and sportsmanship, The First Tee is equipping young people to respond appropriately when tough situations arise around them. Continue reading “The First Tee: Working to Prevent Bullying” »

Pedro Ortiz is Ready to Write His Future

Pedro Ortiz and his father with The First Tee Honorary Chair President George W. Bush

Pedro Ortiz (R) and his father (L) with The First Tee Honorary Chair President George W. Bush

At the heart of The First Tee are many young people with inspiring stories. Participant Pedro Ortiz from The First Tee of Monterey County had the incredible opportunity to share his story at the 2014 Trustee dinner for The First Tee board members–in front of dignitaries including Honorary Chair President George W. Bush, Board Chair and PGA TOUR Commission Tim Finchem, Champions Tour player Bobby Clampett and other Trustees!

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The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is More Than Just a Game—It’s a Game-Changer

 ~ From Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. at the 7th hole on Pebble Beach Golf Links

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. takes a #SelfieOn7 at Pebble Beach

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is one of the most exciting events for The First Tee and eighty-one of our participants. Entering its 11th year, this tournament has given more than 550 young people from more than 165 chapters the opportunity to compete side-by-side with Champions Tour players at one of the world’s most renowned golf courses.

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Insider’s Perspective: Playing with a Ryder Cup alum at the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge

Participants in the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge (L to R):  Mable Wong; Sarah Harrison; Jason Liu; Jon Paul Ray; Patrick Abadilla; Ariana Saenz

Participants in the Coca-Cola Champions Challenge (L to R): Mable Wong; Sarah Harrison; Jason Liu; Jon Paul Ray; Patrick Abadilla; Ariana Saenz

Six lucky participants from six different chapters of The First Tee were paired with six Champions Tour players, all with prior Ryder Cup experience, for the 2014 Coca-Cola Champions Challenge. Played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, this five-hole, modified scotch format charity competition has a purse of $40,000 which is donated to the player’s designated chapter of The First Tee. Read below for participant Jason Liu’s inside experience!

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The Envelope, Please…Pairings Announced!

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Cameryn Smith

The moment all of The First Tee junior golfers have been waiting for: finding out which Champions Tour professional they will join in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Cameryn Smith from The First Tee of Brunswick County, shares her story from the tournament Pairings Party.

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Daniel Dahlinger Gives the Inside Scoop on the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Daniel with his father at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Daniel with his father at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

By Daniel Dahlinger
Participant, The First Tee of Fort Worth

The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
The pinnacle for participants at The First Tee.

There are few times in life where I have found myself speechless (anyone that knows or has met me can enthusiastically attest to that), but I can’t count how many times I have been speechless in the past 24 hours.

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