Welcome to The First Tee of Greater Chicago

What We Do:

The First Tee provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. Through The First Tee, young people discover how skills essential to success on a golf course can also help them flourish in life.

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Nine Core ValuesTM Honesty
Nine Core ValuesTM Integrity
Nine Core ValuesTM Sportsmanship
Nine Core ValuesTM Respect
Nine Core ValuesTM Confidence
Nine Core ValuesTM Responsibility
Nine Core ValuesTM Perseverance
Nine Core ValuesTM Courtesy
Nine Core ValuesTM Judgment

What’s new at The First Tee of Greater Chicago

2015 Golf and Life Skill Program Schedule

The 2015 Golf and Life Skills Program schedule and sign up will be released Monday, February 9th!! If you have any questions regarding programming please call 773-885-8258!

TFTGC to Teach Youths at 2015 Tinley Park Golf Expo

The First Tee of Greater Chicago in partnership with the Tinley Park Golf Expo will host a giant junior learning center at the show taking place February 6-8th at the Tinley Park Convention Center located just north of I-80 on Harlem Avenue (IL 43).
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The First Tee of Greater Chicago Appoints New Executive Director, Lisa Quinn

The First Tee of Greater Chicago announces the appointment of Lisa Quinn to Executive Director. As Executive Director, Quinn will oversee the Chapter’s administration, fundraising and junior golf and life skills programs while continuing to seek new partnership opportunities for The First Tee of Greater Chicago.
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The First Tee of Greater Chicago Partners with the Buffalo Grove Golf Dome

Need to keep your game in shape this winter?

The First Tee of Greater Chicago is thrilled to partner with the Buffalo Grove Golf Dome to provide area youth a terrific opportunity for winter programming beginning this November.
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Altria 360 Selects The First Tee of Greater Chicago as Grant Recipient

Entering its second year as an Altria 360 Grant recipient, The First Tee of Greater Chicago has worked quickly to collaborate with Altria’s partner organizations: Communities In Schools of Chicago, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and the 4-H Club.
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Donor Spotlight

As a non-profit organization, The First Tee of Greater Chicago depends on the generosity of donors who support our mission in a variety of ways. They come in a variety of forms and help bring our mission to life. From parents of youth in our program to golf enthusiast to companies with a big heart, we encourage you to check out of TFTGC's featured donors every month.

For the month of September we are highlighting the Illinois PGA Foundation.
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Esquire Magazine's 2014 Mentoring Project Includes The First Tee of Greater Chicago

We are honored to be included in Esquire Magazine’s 2014 Mentoring Project in their October Issue!
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Faces of The First Tee of Greater Chicago

Everyone has a story. Too often, however, many of those stories have gone untold. Until now. To give everyone involved in The First Tee of Greater Chicago a voice, we are proud to introduce you to The Faces of The First Tee!

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Jack Quinn Attends Auntie Anne’s Forum in Orlando

Jack Quinn from The First Tee of Greater Chicago was selected to attend Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 16-19. Quinn joined 50 participants of The First Tee from across the country in this national event.
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Schools Getting on Board with The First Tee

The First Tee of Greater Chicago is thrilled to announce that the following elementary schools will be offering The First Tee National School Program this school year: Amelia Earhart, St. Ailbe, St. John De La Salle, Immaculate Conception and Caldwell Elementary. The First Tee National School Program trains p.e. teachers to deliver the golf and life skills curriculum to students, K-5, during their regular class time. The chapter works with teachers and schools to provide additional resources, training and playing opportunities for students.
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The First Tee Participants Certifying to the Next Level

Congratulations to all of our participants that have moved up to the next level! In order for kids to advance, they must demonstrate a mastery of basic golf skills and proficiency in life skills education. Please see the complete list of those that have advanced during our spring session.
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A Program that Works

Research Validates

In a past independent research study of The First Tee, 73% of young people at participating chapters reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically and 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

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Our Impact

The First Tee believes young people in our community are our future leaders. Our programs impact youth and expose them to core values like respect, integrity and perseverance.

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How We Help

One-third of young people say they lack adult role models. The First Tee provides quality youth programs that include adult mentors and safe places.

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