Since 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its inherent values to the more than six million young people. On golf courses, in elementary schools and on military installations, we’ve helped shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by teaching them values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, our character education and life skills programs help young people prepare for success in high school, college and life.
Independent research confirms The First Tee’s ability to instill life skills and core values in youth participating in programs delivered through its chapters. Highlights from the study include:
- Participants unanimously identified school as a setting in which they transferred life skills.
- 73% reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically.
- 82% felt confident in their social skills with peers.
- 57% credited The First Tee for their meeting and greeting skills.
- 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.
Our character education and life skills programs help young people prepare for success in high school, college and life.
THE FIRST TEE STRUCTURE
The First Tee curriculum is divided into four levels: Player, Par, Birdie, and Eagle. The Player and Par level focuses on fundamental communication and self-management life skills and beginning level golf skills. The Birdie level deals primarily with goal setting and intermediate golf skills. The Eagle level gives advanced instruction and practice on mastering Par and Birdie levels as well as additional topics such as conflict management, mentoring, and career planning.
THE FIRST TEE CERTIFICATION TEST
To ensure that participants can demonstrate and apply the golf skills and the life skills in The First Tee program, we are required to implement The First Tee Certification Process.