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Junior Golfers Benefit Today from Barriers that were Broken Years Ago

NSP 8As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influential “I Have a Dream” speech rang out loud over our nation’s capital nearly 53 years ago, it served as a powerful cry for the equality of all Americans and made headlines across the country.

Yet less than a mile away, a quieter struggle had been underway for many years: to topple barriers of discrimination that had long since been built up on the fairways and greens of Washington D.C.’s public golf courses.

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A Bright Future for The First Tee Junior Golfer Carter Klaas

Evans-Scholars logoCongratulations to Carter Klaas
on receiving prestigious Chick Evans Scholarship for golf caddies!

Carter Klaas, an Eagle-level participant at The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin, has been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been selected as a Chick Evans Scholar by the Western Golf Association!

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How Does Golf Help Youth Set Goals?

From aces to triple bogeys, golf is a perfect platform for helping kids and teens develop character as it closely parallels real life. Just like in life, players experience the highs and lows of the game.

Kids and teens at The First Tee don’t just learn the fundamentals of a golf swing. Our character education and life skills curriculum help teach them how to manage emotions, resolve conflicts, communicate and set goals.
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Why Do Mentors Matter?

Pg 6_Emilio Tobar and Tyler SmiesWhat have the adult role models and mentors in your life meant to you? Did they inspired you to do something? Or maybe they didn’t give up on you? Are you better for having them in your life?

Now, what if we told you 16 million American youth—one in three—will reach the age of 19 without having had a mentor of any kind?

 

 

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The Power of the Handshake

courtesy_handshakeThe sport of golf was built on the long-standing traditions of courtesy and respect between players.

These are cornerstones of the game and two of The First Tee Nine Core Values that we try to instill in our junior golfers.

Courtney Stiles, the executive director of The First Tee of the Sandhills, knows firsthand the importance of courtesy on or off the golf course and shares her story about the transcendent power of courtesy and respect.

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10 Events, 350 Youth, and Countless Hours of Golf and Leadership Opportunities

The First Tee Group Shot_resizeThe First Tee provides teen participants with opportunities to expand their horizons and interact with other youth from around the country. These events help them develop their leadership and life skills in a fun, interactive environment. In 2015, more than 350 participants attended more than 10 leadership events hosted around the country. Continue reading “10 Events, 350 Youth, and Countless Hours of Golf and Leadership Opportunities” »

9 Reasons to Support The First Tee

junior golfersToday’s children are growing up in a challenging time. While communities are extremely dedicated to helping young people, no one entity can do it alone. We believe young people need support both in and out of school, and both in and out of the home. That’s our goal.  Continue reading “9 Reasons to Support The First Tee” »

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr: What we do is not nearly as important as why we do it

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

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.

During the last 16 years that I have served as chief executive officer of The First Tee, I have been rewarded and challenged, enlightened and impressed. But more importantly, I have been moved.

I see firsthand that everyone who is involved with The First Tee is not involved because of what we do—they are involved because of why we do it.

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Mission Moment: Connor Noble Found His Swing at The First Tee of Greater Houston

By Chase Grant

Connor Noble, The First Tee of Greater Houston

Connor Noble, The First Tee of Greater Houston

Mission Moments: These are the moments that remind us that what we do isn’t nearly as important as why we do it.

In Texas, sport is king, and many young boys spend the hot summer days dreaming of one day playing on the soccer pitches, the baseball diamonds, or the gridirons under the Friday night lights. Connor Noble is one of those boys, but instead he dreams about the long fairways and narrow greens of Texas’ golf courses.

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