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What is the definition of perseverance? Just ask these 10 participants.

2014 RBS Achievers of the Year (L to R): Tyler Andringa; Gerardo Lugo-Trejo; Kavya Chandra; Tyler Putnam; Cameryn Smith; Nicholas Narcisse; Brittany Ferrante; Will Sallee; Taylor Stroup; Derrick Ow

2014 RBS Achievers of the Year at Winged Foot Golf Club (L to R): Tyler Andringa; Gerardo Lugo-Trejo; Kavya Chandra; Tyler Putnam; Cameryn Smith; Nicholas Narcisse; Brittany Ferrante; Will Sallee; Taylor Stroup; Derrick Ow

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.

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The Golden Bear Talks to Congress About the Positive Impact of The First Tee

Nicklaus with participants from The First Tee of Central Ohio

Nicklaus with participants from The First Tee of Central Ohio

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.

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Golf Skills and Learning and Fun, Oh Wow!

driving practice_academyIt’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.

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Sara Scarlett’s Message to Junior Golfers: Be Safe and Smart in the Golf Cart

Sara Scarlett and Champions Tour player Jerry Pate pose for a photo during the second round of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach at Del Monte Golf Club on July 9, 2011 in Monterey, Calif.

Sara Scarlett and Champions Tour player Jerry Pate pose for a photo during the second round of the 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach at Del Monte Golf Club.

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.

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Participants Receive Surprise Announcement During Golf Channel Interview

Emily Valentine; Charlie Rymer, Cameron Fields

Emily Valentine; Charlie Rymer, Cameron Fields

Golf Channel, The First Tee’s proud media partner, helped surprise two participants of The First Tee with an exciting announcement…

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.

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In His Words: Aaron Errico Joins 46 Junior Golfers at The First Tee Training Program at IJGA

IJGA blogThanks to a partnership between The First Tee and International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), 47 lucky junior golfers were selected to attend The First Tee Training Program at IJGA earlier this month in Hilton Head, S.C.

The teens received daily instruction on all aspects of the golf game from IJGA instructors, as well as attended mental training, fitness training and college placement sessions.

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Johnson & Johnson Celebrates “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” with The First Tee

JJ_kids to work 1Each year, millions of parents take their children to work for a fun and educational day known as “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year, Johnson & Johnson employees at the New Jersey headquarters treated their children to a full day of activities that included a golf clinic by The First Tee of Greater Trenton.

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Did you know The First Tee has produced more than 1,750 college golfers?

close up of boy holding golf ballThe First Tee strives to teach young people about values, life skills and healthy habits they can use on and off the golf course. And with national youth opportunities like The First Tee Academies to help prepare participants for college golf, it’s no wonder that The First Tee has seen more than 1,750 of our alumni go on to play college golf!

“Playing in The First Tee events allowed me and my game to grow in a supportive and welcoming environment. The First Tee has been an ideal place for me to grow,” said Clare Sorensen, an alumna from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and member of the University of San Francisco‘s golf team.

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The First Tee Coaches, Mentoring Our Youth

coaching EmmaCaring adults who are passionate about seeing kids and teens succeed are essential to The First Tee’s mission. Chapter staff and volunteers play a key role in creating positive relationships that inspire junior golfers to discover their individual potential.

And parents are taking notice.

Here is a note from parents Dale and Christie Moe who know firsthand the impact adult role models and mentors have at chapters of The First Tee. Continue reading “The First Tee Coaches, Mentoring Our Youth” »