In Youth Centers: The First Tee DRIVE

We believe our values extend beyond the golf course, which is why we launched a program to meet youth where they spend time.  Specifically designed for youth-serving organizations, like the Y and the Boys & Girls Club, The First Tee DRIVE gives kids the chance to learn about golf and develop character through fun golf games.

Participants are exposed to the core value behaviors through games, using sports that young people may already be familiar with, such as baseball, football, bowling and tennis; however, these games are modified to incorporate the four basic golf shots – putt, chip, pitch, and full swing. These activities are played with modified golf equipment and are designed to offer participants opportunities to apply core value behaviors and basic golf strokes. At the end of each class, participants are challenged to apply these behaviors in other areas of their lives. The end goal is for participants to be exposed to The First Tee Nine Core Value behaviors during activities and for them to apply these behaviors both in and out of class.

To get involved with The First Tee DRIVE, please contact Adam at amurray@thefirstteegreaterchicago.org.

 

How The First Tee DRIVE Works

We supply the curriculum, the equipment and the training for youth leaders to deliver the program. Much like our other programs, The First Tee DRIVE is designed to introduce kids to golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values — respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and integrity.

Our Curriculum

We wrote our lesson plans and activity guides with youth development professionals and volunteer leaders in mind. The First Tee DRIVE is a hole-in-one for any setting, class time, and class size.

Our lesson plans introduce youth to golf through activities that resemble sports they may already be familiar with, like baseball, football, bowling, and tennis. Instructors receive an activity guide that includes:

  • 18 detailed activity plans
  • Information section explaining teaching methods
  • Safety and class management procedures
  • Instructional cue cards
  • Golf terms