The First Tee of Greater Detroit is uniquely poised to help improve the lives of young people with the support of our local partners and its national organization, The First Tee. Founded nationally in 1997, The First Tee’s mission is “to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” More than 150 First Tee chapters have since formed across the nation, engaging 17,000 volunteers to mentor and develop 9 million children. Each chapter is it’s own locally-funded 501c3 non-profit, and the local Board volunteers their service to govern the chapter and financially support its programs.
Through programming delivered at golf courses, elementary schools, and local youth centers, The First Tee teaches participants valuable life skills including problem-solving, time management, problem-solving, teamwork, self-control, conflict resolution and improving relationships within family and community.
It’s about more than golf – and we have the research and results to back it up. Independent research on the impact of local chapters found the following after three years in the program. For these reasons and others, The First Tee has found its retention rate is significantly higher than other youth sports organizations:
- 73% of participating youth reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically.
- 82% felt confident in their social skills with peers.
- 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.
- 91% of participants are inspired to perform some form of community service while enrolled.
For more information on The First Tee of Greater Detroit programs, please contact Joann Rodriguez at Joanne@thefirstteegreaterdetroit.org or call 313-820-3362.