Empowering Youth Through Golf

The First Tee of Central Florida provides valuable lessons on and off the course.

From aces to triple bogeys, golf is a perfect platform for helping kids and teens develop character. Just like in life, players experience the highs and lows of the game. Youth between the ages of 7 and 18 can join The First Tee of Central Florida’s Life Skills Experience Program, which introduces them to the game of golf, and more importantly, the positive values, healthy habits and life skills associated with the game.

At The First Tee of Central Florida, kids and teens don’t just learn the fundamentals of a golf swing. The program’s character education and life skills curriculum help teach them how to manage emotions, resolve conflicts, communicate and set goals.

The First Tee helps shape the lives of kids and teens from all walks of life by introducing them to values inherent in the game of golf like integrity, respect and perseverance. Additionally, The First Tee’s Nine Healthy Habits, which were developed in collaboration with the ANNIKA Foundation and AdventHealth for Children, provide a smart and systematic approach to health and fitness, developing habits and skills related to physical, social and emotional choices. 

Locally, The First Tee’s golf and life skills experience programs are offered at nine Central Florida golf courses, including in Winter Park, MetroWest, East Orlando and more. 

At The First Tee, no child will ever be turned away for an inability to pay, so there is an ongoing need to raise funds to deliver and grow the program. Any contribution can make a lasting impact on a local child’s life and will pay big dividends in fostering the development of engaged, respectful leaders who are the future of our community.

How You Can Help

1. Make a donation. Any contribution will help to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. In addition to monetary donations, the 2nd Swing Club Donation Program allows you to convert your old golf equipment into a cash donation. 

2. Become a coach.  Inspire the golfers of tomorrow to look to the future, set goals and unlock their potential by volunteering as a coach. The First Tee Coach Program provides all the training you will need.

3. Support off the Course.  The First Tee of Central Florida relies on volunteers in many areas. Donate your time and talent in areas such as fundraising and special events to help support the mission.


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