Our Mission

At First Tee, we help grow great kids through golf! Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Our Story

In 2005, Chapter founders Lamar Johnson, Larry Kellam and Tom Briner, mobilized an enthusiastic Board of Trustees, raised start-up money, and piloted a summer class session for 25 students. By year end, we had earned Chapter status in First Tee’s national network and announced our “grand opening” with the support of First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow Jr. and former LPGA Commissioner Charlie Mechem.

Today, more than 11,000 area children participate each year in our Life Skills Experience classes at area golf courses and in Outreach programs we deliver in partnership with other youth-serving organizations and at area elementary schools that have integrated First Tee National School Program into their PE curriculum.

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