Appreciating Diversity on the Golf Course and in Life

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Appreciating diversity is at the heart of The First Tee and our mission. We believe it is essential to the well-being of our society that we all learn to respect and value diversity among individuals while on the golf course, in school and throughout our daily lives. We instill this belief to youth in our programs.

Learning to Appreciate  Diversity

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”
– William Arthur Ward, writer and poet

To appreciate diversity, it is helpful to identify how our own strengths/weaknesses, personal thoughts and attitudes are the same or different from others. Similarly, when building a golf team for a scramble or other team formats, it is first helpful to identify how your own golf skills are the same or different from others. Teams or groups usually benefit from the varying strengths of the team/group members.

At The First Tee, we emphasize “Respect for others” in The First Tee Code of Conduct, instructing youth to be friendly, courteous and helpful whether they win or lose. In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honor and traditions of the game. The same is true in life.

Golf is for Everyone

You don’t have to be a certain age, size, gender, nationality, race or ethnic background to become the best golfer.

Youth from all backgrounds represent 100% of our future. Making diversity and inclusion a priority will drive the innovation, growth and broader social change. Learn more about our programs and get involved in your community.

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3 responses to “Appreciating Diversity on the Golf Course and in Life

  1. I do, sometimes, How about diversity in terms of intellectual and/or social development? Some of our children are a bit behind their ‘typically developing’ peers; however, they are no less eager to participate, and may need a bit of extra attention/instructions. Is there a place for these special ones in the program?

  2. Oops, I started my last comment with an unfinished sentence! It was going to say: I do, sometimes, think of golf as an ‘elitist’ sport, because it’s so often associated with $$$ country clubs, tournaments, etc. However, from all I’ve read on this site, it seems you are diligently working to make golf a sport that appeals to and is played by those across the socio-economic spectrum. I especially appreciate the character building focus of your program and am eager to register my son for the next session.

  3. Hi Jeanne, The First Tee strives to make our programs and the game of golf both accessible and affordable. We believe it is a game for everyone, including youth who may require additional assistance socially, intellectually or physically. Many of our chapters offer programs for children with additional needs. You can find a chapter in your area on our locations map:

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