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81 Junior Golfers from The First Tee Will Play Pebble Beach!

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This week we surprised some of our junior golfers with the news they’re going to play Pebble Beach alongside PGA TOUR Champions players!

In September, 81 teenage participants (ages 14-18) representing chapters of The First Tee throughout the country will play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official PGA TOUR Champions event hosted by Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Continue reading “81 Junior Golfers from The First Tee Will Play Pebble Beach!” »

Can Golf Save a Life?

When Jessica Kent from The First Tee of Greater Seattle was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease, she didn’t give up. Jessica looked to the life skills she learned on the golf course to persevere. This is her story, which she shared with members of Congress at the 2016 Congressional Breakfast: Continue reading “Can Golf Save a Life?” »

Golfers for Life: 3 Ways The First Tee is Creating More Golfers

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New research shows 90% of The First Tee alumni consider themselves both lifelong golfers and credit The First Tee for improving their golf skills. How are we getting participants hooked on game of golf and creating players for life?

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3 Reasons Why Children Need More Outdoor Time

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Studies show that kids today are spending less time outside – enjoying only an hour or less of outdoor time each day. In fact, according to the Dirt is Good initiative, “on average, children now spend less time outdoors than a prison inmate.”

At The First Tee, we want to help change that statistic. Here’s why:
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Why is Golf is Different From Other Sports?

There are many misconceptions about golf. At The First Tee, we have heard them all:
• Golf isn’t a sport

• Golf is boring
• Golf is all luck, no skill
• Golfers are not real athletes

To help change the perception of golf, here are nine ways we think golf is different from other sports.
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9 Ways Alumni Can Reconnect to The First Tee

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee, reconnects with The First Tee of Greater Austin alumni Preston Schaub (L) and Ryan Thill (R)

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee, reconnects with The First Tee of Greater Austin alumni Preston Schaub (L) and Ryan Thill (R)

By Brandon Luna
Senior Coordinator, Participant Opportunities
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Many of The First Tee alumni credit the program with improving their golf skills while also helping to prepare them life beyond high school, based on new research. If you’re like many alumni across the country, you may be looking for ways to give back or reconnect with the organization that has given you so much.   Continue reading “9 Ways Alumni Can Reconnect to The First Tee” »

Academic Motivation: 4 Ways to Motivate Youth to Pursue Education

First Tee ads 6 / 2012Did you know between 40 and 60 percent of U.S. high school students don’t put much effort into school? Research shows students’ desire to learn decreases steadily from the start of elementary school until they graduate from high school or dropout.

How do we solve America’s crisis of academic motivation? The First Tee, a youth development organization that uses the game of golf to to teach young people about life skills and character education, is motivating youth to pursue learning and education in four ways:

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The First Tee Alumna: Pressing Foward and Giving Back

IPg 15_Taryn Yee_option 2f you ask Taryn Yee what she learned as a participant at The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, she’d probably give you two topics: GOAL-SETTING and GIVING BACK.

As THE PLAYERS Championship kicks off this week, we took a look back at her journey and how her path with The First Tee helped connect to a career with PwC.

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Top 10 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp

NSP 8Summer is just around the corner, which means if you’re a parent you’re probably busy searching for the best possible summer camp experience for your children.

Although the opportunities are endless, it’s important to make sure a camp or program is a right fit for your family. Where is it located? How long will my child be there? Is it safe? 

To help you find the best place for your child to spend their time this summer, we put together several key factors that parents should consider.

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Top Ten Reasons The First Tee National School Program is Unique

By Benna Cail
The First Tee, Senior Director,
Outreach Programs & Implementation 

0178_FirstTee_HendricksWhile The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf to elementary students during physical education classes, it’s so much more than golf. Our program provides opportunities to equip and empower students to overcome challenges in school and all areas of their lives, for a lifetime.

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