The First Tee Designated a National Sports Organization of Character

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Golf is more than a game; it’s an opportunity to learn life lessons. At The First Tee, we center all of our lessons on positive youth development. That’s why The First Tee is honored and proud to be a 2017 National Sports Organization of Character.

Bringing Character Education to Sports, the nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world, began a new initiative. The Sports Organization of Character program seeks to recognize exemplary organizations beyond traditional schools.

“We recognize The First Tee as a genuine leader in today’s field of comprehensive social-emotional character development,” Doug Karr, president & CEO, “As one of two organizations in the nation to receive this honor in its inaugural year, The First Tee has shown itself to be deeply committed to character.”

Our recognition comes after an almost two-year-long and detailed period of data collection, analysis, feedback, revision, field visitations and final submission of information.

“We are extremely proud of the inaugural group of National Sports Organizations of Character,” said Karr. “Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many young people, their families and their communities.”

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Values like sportsmanship, confidence and perseverance — these are traits you expect youth to acquire through sports. At The First Tee, we include these values in each lesson as part of our curriculum. We use golf as the platform to help youth learn our Nine Core Values. Students learn about honesty by keeping track of their own score. Youth learn respect by beginning each game or round of golf with a handshake. Furthermore, we train our coaches to help students apply these values beyond the course.

Offered are more than 1,200 locations, The First Tee program was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by trained coaches. Our mission is to help prepare kids and teens from all backgrounds for success in all areas of life. Chapters offer full scholarship or reduced fee programming for those with financial need.


3 responses to “The First Tee Designated a National Sports Organization of Character

  1. One or more thoughts just came to my head a few minutes ago, this November 10th regarding The First Tee of Ft Worth. I decided to check the website to see when the Christmas party will be this year. Lo and behold, this news release was published today. I have been active for many years donating clubs and bags, along with a family holiday donation to our local chapter in honor of my Dad who taught me the game and helped develop my character. The inaugural Sports Organization of Character designation to the First Tee is extremely well deserving of a great program for our youth. Congrats!

  2. I am enjoying teaching my unit in striking, and having the implements of teaching golf to our students at Barnett Shoals Elementary in the Clarke County School District.
    Johnetta Barnett
    Clarke County School District

  3. is proud to see The First Tee’s National Sports Organization of Character recognition! We would love to see a partnership to help positive character opportunities grow for Florida youth!

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