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Developing Our Youth

the first tee logoA common belief rightfully exists that golf is an excellent conduit for both interpersonal skill building as well as business relation development. The First Tee Program recognizes these basic concepts, and in mission-oriented fashion seeks to breakdown barriers our youth face through an outreach program administered at the local/district level.

Within The First Tee mantra, they’re encouraging youth ages 5-18 to the learn about the opportunities inherently available through participation in golf:

  • 1. How to make introductions
  • 2. Self control and management of emotion
  • 3. Conflict resolution
  • 4. Setting step-by-step goals
  • 5. Planning for the future

The First Tee Life Skills Experience sees character as their focal point, with an almost parentally style of thinking using Nine Core Values:

Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment.

Golf as a lifelong sport is unique, and whereas many sports seemingly have an “expiration date”, golfing-lifers’ can see long-term gains. Certainly the leaders of tomorrow are navigating the learning curve of Math, English, and Social Studies. But with impersonal nature of today’s technology-driven environment, children have never been further from learning at an early age how to be engaging; to interact as a group rather then an individual plopped down behind a PC.   Add to this young adults coming of age with vastly different backgrounds, it only mfirst tee thanksagnifies this - it’s just not “a given” anymore. By embracing these Nine Core Values, children potentially will learn how to form meaningful discussions, build important contacts, and above all participate respectfully with others. 

You need look no further then most political systems for examples of massive failures on such matters. Let’s face it, you probably know a few grown-ups that could use the character traits TFT teaches; it would seem that kids embracing these ideals will be well ahead of the game!

The First Tee provides quality youth golf programs that include adult mentors and safe places for young people. Through independent research, 73% of young people at their chapters report high confidence in their ability to do well academically and 82% feel confident in their social skills with peers. Should this mean something to you too, join me as a local volunteer, coach, or gift-giver and support this valuable program.


Scott’s Profile: A native Northern Californian with a deep love for pacific coast golf courses.  Favorites: Olympic Club, Spyglass, and Pebble Beach.  First golf memory: Introduced to golf at age 3 with a wooden shafted putter (while on a family vacation to Calgary),the putter didn’t make it home in one piece – broken after chasing a gopher down a hole.  Inspirational golf personality: as a kid captivated by many superstars of the 70s and 80s, ultimate inspiration was Arnold Palmer.  Current passion in golf: a slowed competitive ambition, and a love for learning, exploring and appreciating the finer points in golf. Favorite golf activity: traveling abroad and meeting new people, share a love for the game, and of course exploring both new and classic golf courses.  Hole-in-one count: 6. Handicap: a debatable 1.0 index.  College: USF

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  • Adminstrator

    Hi Caroline,
    I would try George Maxe (see below), he handles that TFT region. He's a great guy and will talk to you about the steps to becoming involved. I have been volunteering as a coach for several years, very rewarding to help kids out, expand their opportunities, and teach them about some of the values and disciplines the game can provide.
    George Maxe
    Executive Director
    The First Tee of San Jose
    345 Park Avenue, MS E6
    San Jose, CA 95110
    W 408-288-2937

    Adminstrator Monday, 17 December 2012 20:51 Comment Link
  • Caroline Caufman

    I was looking to volunteer with TFT. Who should I contact for the San Jose area?

    Caroline Caufman Monday, 17 December 2012 20:44 Comment Link

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