By Brandon Luna
Senior Coordinator, Participant Opportunities
The First Tee home office
Many of The First Tee alumni credit the program with improving their golf skills while also helping to prepare them life beyond high school, based on new research. If you’re like many alumni across the country, you may be looking for ways to give back or reconnect with the organization that has given you so much.
Paying it forward with your time, wisdom or money will connect you to a powerful network and enhance the future of The First Tee’s next generation—and that is no small thing!
Here are nine ways alumni can reconnect to The First Tee:
1. Be a Leader
Apply your leadership skills learned at The First Tee and contact a chapter to see how you could communicate and engage with other alumni and community leaders.
2. Lend a Helping Hand
Chapters always need volunteers to work at events, assist with photography, videography or social media. Remember, giving your time is just as valuable as making a monetary donation!
3. Find Employment
Chapters can be a great resource if you are you seeking an internship or employment in the golf industry. Your chapter may have openings available or they can assist you in finding a job within your community.
No matter where you are in life, there are junior golfers who can benefit from your experience and advice as an alumni. Offer to sit on a panel during an open house event, give a presentation about your college/professional experience at the chapter or volunteer to speak to a class.
Think about how much mentors have meant to you throughout your life. By becoming a mentor at The First Tee, you can set a positive example by modeling behaviors and attitudes that reinforce positive values.
6. Share Your Story
Be sure to let your home chapter know about your successes and how The First Tee has influenced your development. Submit a story »
Did you know that in less than two hours you can become a certified assistant coach by simply completing an eLearning course? Assistant coaches are crucial for chapters to deliver Life Skills Experience classes and to positively impact junior golfers in the community.
8. Stay Connected
Take advantage of the great opportunities that The First Tee Alumni Network has to offer! Stay connected and informed by joining The First Tee Alumni Network and The First Tee Alumni Network on LinkedIn.
OK, this one will cost you something—but not as much as you think. You can do more good than you might realize by giving up a few Starbucks orders a year and sending a gift to your local chapter.
The number nine is pretty unique to The First Tee (Nine Core Values, Nine Healthy Habits and Nine Golf Fundamentals). A great idea would be to donate $9 to a chapter this year. Your donations will make a positive impact in your community.
Want to do more?
Challenge 10 of your fellow alumni to commit to the same amount to their local chapter! Paying it forward will connect you back to a powerful network and enhance the future of the next generation—and that is no small thing!
If you are no longer near your home chapter, look online to see if there is a chapter in your current location…they will welcome you with open arms!