Our Mission: To impact the lives of Central Florida youth by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Our Vision: To become the preeminent youth development organization in Central Florida, The First Tee of Central Florida will give young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop into contributing citizens by learning core values, life skills, and healthy habits inherent to the game of golf. This will be done by establishing partnerships with communities, golf courses, and other non-profit organizations to offer the largest network of access points.
The First Tee's Nine Core Values
The First Tee has established Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf.
By participating in The First Tee, young people are introduced to these core values, which are incorporated throughout the program. Parents are encouraged to reinforce these behaviors by talking about them, what they mean and what these behaviors can look like at home.
The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits
The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people. The healthy habits are a list of nine health and wellness topics presented as a part The First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants.
The life skills we learn instill the maturity and tactics needed for situations in the real world. We don't just focus on how to hit a seven iron or how to drive two hundred yards; we learn how to prepare, execute, and learn from each step of the process. This can improve results, but more importantly, it fosters a better mindset, which, in my experience, enhances behavior and positivity.
Birdie Level Participant
The First Tee of Central Florida hosted 40 Coaches from across the country for a coaches training. Participants from The First Tee of Central Florida participated in activities to help train coaches. Two coaches from The First Tee of Central Florida participated.
175 4th graders from Wetherbee Elementary School participated in a field trip utilizing traditional golf equipment. Following their golf clinic, students were treated to lunch by Jersey Mike's, and then the Dennis Walters Golf Show. Wetherbee Elementary School is one of 122 schools that delivers The First Tee's National School Program.
Orlando Sentinel Reporter George Diaz highlighted outreach efforts of The First Tee of Central Florida at Windsor Cove Apartment Complex off of Mercy Drive.
Participants from The First Tee of Central Florida participated in The First Tee of Central Florida Youth Day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard. Highlighted by a junior clinic with Stewart Cink, teenaged participants served as standard bearers for the Champions for Arnies Kids Pro-Am.
Five female participants from The First Tee of Central Florida were invited to attend Executive Women's Day at The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard.
Wells Fargo "Succeeding Together" Bring PGA TOUR Pros to The First Tee
In collaboration with Wells Fargo's "Succeeding Together" Program, The First Tee of Central Florida held a private clinic with PGA TOUR Professionals Jon Curran and Patrick Rodgers.
Four participants from Mercy Drive's Windsor Cove Apartment complex enroll in the Spring Session of The First Tee's Golf & Life Skills Experience Program at MetroWest Golf Course.
The First Tee of Central Florida participated in an environmental education and course improvement program called “Live Green!”. The curriculum was developed by The First Tee in partnership with The Toro Company and Audubon International. 45 participants had the opportunity to learn about sustainable golf practices while making environmental enhancements to Stoneybrook West Golf Club.
Members of The First Tee of Central Florida and Girls Golf of Greater Orlando participated in the Road to Rio at the PGA TOUR Superstore. Participants competed in a skills challenge with a putting contest, closest to the pin, and long drive contest while having the opportunity to watch the final round of the Olympics.
Birdie Level Participants Sara and Cole joined Coach Adam and Damon Hack on Golf Channel's Morning Drive for Junior Golf Week. During their segment, Coach Adam, Sara, and Cole went through The First Tee's Birdie Level Lesson of STAR (Stop, Think, Anticipate, Respond) and the Par Level Lesson of the 4 R's for Staying Cool (Replay, Relax, Ready, Redo).
Participants from The First Tee of Central Florida were treated to an interactive skills clinic with four members of the Symetra Tour at the IOA Championship at Alaqua Country Club.
In 2016, we lost a legend, ambassador and great friend of The First Tee of Central Florida. In 2012, Mr. Palmer became a Trustee of The First Tee. Through his generous contribution to The First Tee of Central Florida, he provided the organization with the financial foundation to expand our reach and elevate our collective impact of participants much earlier than originally anticipated.
Mr. Palmer's legacy in Central Florida will continue to carry on through the creation of the The Arnold Palmer Scholarship Fund. The fund was established through a lead gift from Mr. Palmer where the annual outflows of the endowment will be used to subsidize participant fees, purchase equipment, and provide transportation to ensure that The First Tee of Central Florida is able to maintain the policy that no child ever gets turned away for an inability to pay. The First Tee of Central Florida is committed to growing the fund to over $1,000,000.