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First Tee Greater Chicago is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that serves thousands of youth by providing affordable access to junior golf. They currently reach 50,000 local youth on an annual basis through its on-course, in-school and after-school programming and its partnerships with other community-based, youth-serving organizations.
To impact the lives of young people in the greater Chicago area by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
— First Tee’s Nine Core Values —
Respect, Courtesy, Responsibility, Honesty, Sportsmanship, Confidence, Judgment, Perseverance, and Integrity
— First Tee’s Nine Healthy Habits —
Energy, Play, Safety, Vision, Community, Family, Friends, School, Mind
2020 CORPORATE CHALLENGE, NORTH SHORE COUNTRY CLUB
During their 2020 Corporate Challenge at North Shore Country Club on a beautiful September day, we had the opportunity to spend time talking to Lea Jesse, Executive Director, Jane Seder, Assistant Director of Development and Operations, and Erika Shavers, Assistant Program Director. One consistent message from each was their passion for being involved with the game of golf and their recognition of the important life skills that can be taught through the game.
Though she has been Executive Director for just over a year, you could feel Lea’s desire to help instill the Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits above. Like almost all organizations, First Tee Greater Chicago has been dramatically impacted by the COVID crisis, limiting the number or kids that are able to participate in the program. Erika set up virtual programs for the months of April and May to keep kids engaged, and then the organization was able to get outside in June for some in-person programming. Despite the best efforts, the program was only able to serve approximately 400 kids this year, instead of the normal range of 2000-2500 participants.
FIRST TEE YOUTH PROGRAMS
Youth Golf Program- Check out their course Locations!
The First Tee golf program teaches youth age 7 through 18 the game of golf through a unique skills and leadership program. Participants progress through different levels of their program by demonstrating the First Tee “Nine Core Values”, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. In addition to skill work, their program focuses on goal setting, diversity appreciation and resolving conflicts. The youth golf program aims to inspire youth by introducing the game of golf and its inherent values.
The First Tee National School Program
A physical education curriculum created by First Tee which aims to help students tee up for the first time. Their unique curriculum gives gym teachers and physical educators the tools to get their golf program started. First Tee provides programs with the necessary training, lesson plans, and equipment.
First Tee DRIVE
Designed for youth-serving community organizations, First Tee DRIVE provides lesson plans and activity guides to help youth development professionals and volunteers introduce the sport of golf. Their program supplies the curriculum, equipment and the training for youth leaders to deliver the program. The First Tee DRIVE is designed to introduce participants the fundamentals of golf and the First Tee Nine Core Values.
The program includes:
-18 detailed activity plans
-Information section explaining teaching methods
-Safety and class management procedures
-Instructional cue cards
First Tee Greater Chicago is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that is supported by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. These generous donations help positively impact the lives of young people in the Chicago area through the game of golf. Consider getting involved through one of the ways below.
- Become a Coach or Volunteer- Fundraising/Events, Operations/Administration, Mentoring/Tutoring and In-school programming
- Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities
If you are interested in getting more involved with First Tee Greater Chicago:
- To learn more about volunteering with us, please visit their website or email Assistant Program Director, Erika Shavers.
- Join other young professionals in supporting and building awareness for First Tee through their Ambassadors Council. For more information, please visit their website or contact Jane Seder.
- To make a donation, click here.