Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

School Program:

Research reveals convincing evidence that youth involved in our programs transferred life skills to multiple settings and learned and used life skills through the game of golf. Our curriculum, combined with trained educators, empowers participants with a set of skills that prepares them for a lifetime of new challenges.

elementary school program

Since 2004, First Tee has been integrating the First Tee School Program into PE classes across the country. We’ve equipped educators at elementary and middle schools with our curriculum built around the game of golf, while positively impacting kids through both the game and its inherent ability to improve social-emotional learning (SEL) skills. We work with the school to identify funding opportunities, such as sponsors or donations.

This program aligns with national physical education standards developed by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) and is designed to allow physical educators the ability to adjust lessons to fit their specific teaching situations in terms of class size, time, and facility type.

What’s provided:

First Tee School Program gives physical educators all the tools to get started. We provide the training, equipment, and lesson plans that integrate life skills and values with the game of golf and motor skills. We have an online community for teachers and youth leaders delivering our program, providing access to the curriculum, resources, and connections with peers delivering the program around the country.

Ready to Get Started?

To learn more about implementing this program in your area, contact us below and we will be in touch with more information.

Additional Programming In-Schools

Because of the positive word of mouth that schools are giving First Tee – Denver and its programs, P.E. teachers have invited the staff to work with their students on golf skills and life skills. 31 different schools participate in this program. This programming gives students exposure during their school day to different adult mentors and different sport skill sets.

If you are interested in having First Tee – Denver come to your school please email Erica Yates at [email protected].

Read ‘n’ Swing

The Read ‘N’ Swing Program is a simple concept that gets results. Students read with staff and volunteers. The instructor to student ratio is no more than 2:1 for this program. After quality reading time students participate in a golf activity. By encouraging reading outside of a traditional classroom setting, students begin to associate academics with life outside of school. By providing caring, engaged mentors to read with and be encouraged by, students improve and become more confident in their reading skills. Generally, First Tee – Denver will work with the same kids for an entire school year.

Club Building

In this innovative six-week program students build two brand new golf clubs to take home. When the sparks fly as a club shaft is being cut, excitement is in the air and the students forget that they are learning essential math skills. Building clubs gives the kids a precise pattern where they can graph expected ball flight distances associated with club head weight and loft. Furthermore, the children take measurements for the proper length to custom fit the club to their own height. Club making gives the kids a sense of ownership for something they have created and something new. The curriculum emphasizes math, reading and science skills while the kids find appreciation of and motivation to learn a new sport.