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

2014 Fall Season Schedule and Directions on How to Register.

Follow the link below for our 2014 Life Skills Experience Schedules and Directions on How to Register.
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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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Annual Healthy Habits Summit a Huge Success

Harborside International Golf Center proved to be the perfect backdrop for The First Tee of Greater Chicago’s annual Healthy Habits Summit on Saturday, September 6th. Over sixty (60) Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace-level participants had the opportunity to take part in team-building and problem-solving activities, as well as a golf skills challenge and healthy habits trivia. The camp focused on all nine healthy habits throughout the day (Energy, Play, Safety, Vision, Mind, Family, Friends, School, and Community).
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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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First Annual Parent/Junior Golfer Scramble Took Place on October 5th

Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course hosted The First Tee of Greater Chicago’s First Annual Parent/Junior Golfer Scramble on October 5th. We had more than 30 teams register to participate in this great event.
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GolfWorks Illinois

Our friends at the Illinois PGA Foundation have a vocational development program for Illinois high school and college students that promotes learning through hands-on work experience in the golf industry called GolfWorks Illinois.
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Hard Work and Dedication comes with Amazing Benefits in Lake County

On Saturday, September 20th, the top twenty Pro-Reward recipients from Lake County had the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of their hard work over the summer in an amazing way. Jim Brownlie, an Ivanhoe Club member and Lake County Ambassador, hosted the 2nd annual “Member for a Day at The Ivanhoe Club” event.
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Local Youth Enjoy Harborside Skills Challenge & Open House

Despite the chilly weather, over 100 local youth came out to Harborside Int’l Golf Center to learn more about The First Tee and test their golf and life skills knowledge. Congratulations to the Union League Boys & Girls Club for winning the skills challenge competition that featured fellow community partners that included Poe Elementary and Claremont Academy.
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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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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Highlighted at Recent Workshop

The First Tee of Greater Chicago hosted thirty-two (32) The First Tee participants on Saturday, September 13th at Harborside International Golf Center for its inaugural STEM workshop. The First Tee of Greater Chicago alumni participant, Adam Adams joined in the festivities by sharing his experience in the program and graduating from University of Illinois in engineering with the current generation of participants.
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Successful First Year of the PGA Jr. League

Partnering with the Chicago Park District and Billy Casper Golf, The First Tee of Greater Chicago formed the PGA Jr. League this past summer. In its first year, the program was able to field four (4) teams to form a formal league. Two of the teams came out of Robert A. Black Golf Couse, one from South Shore Cultural Center and the final team from Sydney Marovitz Golf Course. Nearly half of the participants were current First Tee’rs with the other junior golfers becoming introduced to the organization, coaches and volunteers.
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The First Tee of Greater Chicago to Host Golf Marathon

Are you ready to accept the challenge to complete 36 or 72 holes of golf in support of The First Tee of Greater Chicago? The First Tee of Greater Chicago has tapped 10 area private golf clubs to host our inaugural Golf Marathon and Half Marathon to be held during the month of October. Participants will sign up to play either 36 or 72 holes of golf in one day and will reach out to their network of friends and family for their support.
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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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