Alumni of The First Tee know the feeling. The feeling of staying connected with that special coach, mentor, and friend that made a difference in their life. They may be out of the program, but the love for golf, core values and lessons learned are far from over. So for many of our alumni, giving back to The First Tee is the only natural next step.
Research shows that 50% of chapters across the country have The First Tee alumni working as full-time employees. But it doesn’t stop there, they also fill other important roles, such as volunteers and mentors. Here’s what some of The First Tee alumni have to say about making an impact as an employee of the organization:
Why I Decided to work for and give back to The First Tee
Ashley Noda, The First Tee of Silicon Valley
“The First Tee had a huge part in shaping the person I am today. I constantly find myself using the life skills lessons I learned without even realizing I’m doing it. To be able to play a part in shaping today’s youth and giving them the tools and lessons I received growing up means the world to me. It has been so rewarding building relationships with so many of our participants and their families. I’ve started to really see the difference I can make here, the ways in which I can serve as a role model and how I can empower our youth.”
Chase Benton, The First Tee of Greater Austin
“The First Tee has been apart of my life for over 15 years now. The people I have met and the opportunities and experiences I have been provided is something I will forever be grateful for. I wanted to work for The First Tee to ensure that other kids growing up have those same (or better) experiences. The First Tee is special. I know I can share my story with others and help the continued growth of this program so that we can reach more youth. My current chapter at The First Tee of Greater Austin has been amazing and has helped me grow and learn more about what this organization can do. It is a great feeling to be in a position where you can help kids and see your work have a positive impact on the community.”
Maggie Hartman, The First Tee of Pikes Peak
“When the opportunity arose as the Director of Golf and Education with The First Tee of Pikes Peak, it was a clear choice to go back to my roots at The First Tee. I grew up in The First Tee since before I can remember and went on to be a mentor and coach throughout my teen years. My awareness that I wouldn’t be where I am today without this organization inspires me to share the same positive experience that I had with current participants in the Pikes Peak community. I am blessed to be in a position now where I can not only give back but also mentor junior golfers while helping them improve their skills, share the game with individuals who may not otherwise have the chance to play and work to diversify the game I love. I will always be grateful to The First Tee and I look forward to watching our participants grow in the game and their lives.”
Michael Walker, The First Tee of Greater Dallas
“It all started when I was 13 years old being from a single parent household with no idea what to do in life. Then one day my mom signed me up for The First Tee program here in Dallas. After 5 weeks of it, I was hooked. It wasn’t necessarily the golf aspect that got me, but learning the life skills/core values like perseverance that got me. The most valuable aspect though was meeting a staff member who would, later on, become a father figure who still treats me as a son to this day. Once I joined the chapter staff in 2015, I knew I was so blessed to have this come full circle so that I can have the same impact on other kids in the program. Hoping that they can be given the same many opportunities that I had.”
Make a Difference
Looking to be a part of changing lives through The First Tee? We have many opportunities across the country for employment and volunteer positions. Contact your local chapter to find out more and join a family that gives back.