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Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At The First Tee, we take coaching seriously. We believe that a meaningful, quality relationship between coach and participant is vital to our program.

What Our Teens and Alumni say:

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Children don’t care what a coach knows until they know a coach cares.

Are you up for the challenge?

We currently have more than 3,700 coaches signed up with The First Tee, including PGA and LPGA pros, as well as volunteers. But you don’t have to be a golf pro or even a good golfer. With The First Tee Coach Program, we provide the training you need.

Developed with input from leading experts in the field of positive youth development, our program focuses on empowering participants through decision-making and exploring options. This helps foster positive relationships between coaches and young people, inspiring the golfers of tomorrow to look to the future, set goals, and unlock their potential.

Coaches working through The First Tee Coach Program choose their own level of involvement. The program includes the following levels:

  • Assistant Coach
  • The First Tee Coach-in-Training (Level I, II, III)
  • The First Tee Coach
  • The First Tee Master Coach

To enroll in The First Tee Coach Program, contact a chapter near you for more information.

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Make an Impact Off the Course

We need more than coaches to make The First Tee possible. Our chapters rely on volunteers — sometimes year-round — to accomplish our mission, and not all of those goals involve golf. Most chapters need support off the course as well. These opportunities include:

  • Fundraising/Events
  • Operations/Administration
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
  • In-school program support

By contributing your time and talent, you can directly make an impact in a child’s life.

Learn More About Volunteer Opportunities

To become a volunteer, you must complete a volunteer application and screening process, which may include an interview about your skills and interests, a criminal background check, and character references. You will also receive training about your volunteer role, behavioral expectations, and child protection.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities near you, contact us today.

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Alumni Go to Work for The First Tee

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 …

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71% of participants feel The First Tee coaches and mentors make an impact on their lives. 

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