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I Am The First Tee: Daniel Dahlinger

Daniel Dahlinger_junior golfer 2If you’re a participant of The First Tee and you’re reading this, stay in The First Tee program. It has changed my life, and it continues to do so.

I can honestly say that being in The First Tee has introduced me to life skills and guided me through character development that has made me a better person.

My experiences as a participant and junior golfer have forced me out of my comfort zone, helped me develop leadership skills through experience, taught me how to deal with conflict and have made me the person who I am today.

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The First Tee Scholars Program–Recognizing Junior Golfers Who Excel In Academics

Scholars3_200x145pxThe First Tee encourages all-around excellence. Our character education and life skills programs help young people prepare for success both on and off the golf course. The First Tee Scholars Program in particular recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, leadership skills, character development, and chapter and community involvement.

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Character Matters: From PE to the Classroom

IMG_7957-60The First Tee provides educational programs on golf courses, in youth centers and at elementary schools that help young people develop character while playing a fun game—golf!

The First Tee National School Program is designed to teach character education during PE classes, but core values like integrity, responsibility and confidence apply to every aspect of life.

These elementary schools are taking the core values and healthy habits beyond their school gym and into every classroom.

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Psst! The First Tee is Fun–Pass It On!

2014 NVFTO celebrating photoWe know The First Tee is fun.
You know The First Tee is fun.
Our participants know The First Tee is fun.
So let’s pass it on!

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Change a Life—Become a Mentor at The First Tee!

Did you know that January is
National Mentoring Month?

NSP 8We all know that a caring, trustworthy adult can make the difference in a young person’s life. You can be that difference when you sign up to be a mentor or volunteer at your local chapter!

Interested in becoming a mentor for junior golfers? Below are nine reasons why you should…

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This One’s For the Girls: “My hopes are to inspire other girls through The First Tee”

Cameryn Smith was selected to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Cameryn Smith at the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Cameryn Smith, an outstanding young leader and junior golfer from The First Tee of Brunswick County, has a passion for girls golf.

After attending The First Tee Outstanding Participant & Leadership Summit in 2013, she applied the leadership and presentation skills she learned to help build up her chapter’s Girls Golf program.

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Shining A Spotlight On Our Partners: Thank You to PwC!

PwC’s First Tee Challenge allows fans to take their shot at a scaled version of the par-3 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

PwC’s First Tee Challenge hole allows fans to take their shot at a scaled version of the 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Proceeds benefiting The First Tee of North Florida.

Since 2000, PwC has been a loyal supporter of The First Tee, serving as a Trustee, partner and friend to our youth participants.

With associates, retired partners and staff serving as volunteer board members for chapters of The First Tee, PwC continues its company-wide support through a variety of activities and development opportunities for our junior golfers.

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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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