Struggling with learning disabilities, enduring ongoing medical issues, losing their home in Hurricane Katrina and surviving a car accident after being hit by a drunk driver … these are some of the truly amazing stories of perseverance from the 2014 RBS Achievers of the Year Award finalists.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus, known to many as the Golden Bear, is a Trustee and long-time believer in The First Tee. He speaks to many—from his local chapters in Central Ohio and the Palm Beaches to government officials in Washington, DC—about the positive impact The First Tee has on young people and junior golfers.
Earlier this summer, Nicklaus spoke before the men and women of U.S. Congress about the importance of The First Tee’s mission, core values, character development and education programs. Below is a speech excerpt from this sports legend that The First Tee is proud to include as one of its friends and advocates.
It’s every junior golfer’s dream to spend a week of their summer in the beautiful San Diego, attending a golf academy and taking in the local sights!
This year, 96 teen golfers from 88 unique chapters across the network attended The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy--a competitive, prestigious national opportunity that teaches character education and leadership instruction through The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum delivered by The First Tee home office staff and chapter coaches from across the country.
With back-to-school season in full swing, The First Tee National School Program is ready to rollout in even more schools across the nation thanks to Under Armour’s Birdie Campaign benefiting The First Tee.
Meet Sara Scarlett–she is a stand-out alumna and junior golfer from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento with a passion for golf cart safety.
After attending The First Tee Outstanding Participant & Leadership Summit in 2013, Sara applied the leadership and presentation skills she learned to help further spread the mission of Cart Smarts–a program she co-founded to help promote golf cart safety to everyone, especially junior golfers.
By Chris Hybl
Golf Channel, The First Tee’s proud media partner, has given three alumni of The First Tee a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer–a 12-week summer internship at the Golf Channel studios in Orlando! The program allows these junior golfers to gain first-hand experience in their respective areas, while developing work samples for their personal portfolio.
Emily Valentine, a participant at The First Tee of the Palm Beaches, recounts her reaction upon hearing the news that she and fellow participant Cameron Fields had been selected to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
(Re)Connect Through The First Tee Alumni Network!
If you are a past participant who was registered at any level, then you are an alum! Join The First Tee Alumni Network today and deepen your connection to The First Tee and catch up with your peers, like this week’s guest blogger and home office summer intern, Sam Odi!
We are off to celebrate July 4th. As we do it will bring back memories of Paul Revere and the brave souls that wanted to make certain that we were separated from England.
And while our country was “independent” it would take years for women, African/Hispanic Americans to gain such freedoms. I am reminded that we are remembering the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing on July 2, 1964 the Civil Rights Act.
On June 24, 2014, four participants from The First Tee had the exciting opportunity to meet privately with President Obama, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, The First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., and players from The Presidents Cup 2013. The players were honored at the White House, hosted by the president, who served as Honorary Chairman of the 2013 (and 2009) event.
Drew White, 15, a participant at The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC was one of four junior golfers selected to attend the event. Read his first-hand account of meeting President Obama and some of his golf heroes!