Mission: 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.
Programs: The first tee of southeastern new mexico's, core program, the first tee life skills experience, focuses on meeting community needs in today's vulnerable children, providing support systems, and producing beneficial changes through the offering of affordable programming designed to use golf as a vehicle to develop social, academic and physical skills. The first tee fosters critical life skills through the acquisition and internalization of: 1) the first tee nine core values: honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment and perseverance; 2) the first tee code of conduct: respect for myself, respect for others and respect for my surroundings; and 3) the first tee nine healthy habits: school (obtaining knowledge), friends (creating and maintaining healthy relationships), vision (preparing for the future), play (regular physical activity), energy (proper diet and nutrition), safety (proper safe practices), mind (cognitive and emotional capabilities), family (healthy home), and community (extending social opportunities). Participants are taught life skills that allow them to face challenges at home, school and play in a constructive manner. Participants learn the value of giving back to their community and the meaning of responsibility and respect. Our programs are helping the children of our community to not only combat the challenges of their daily lives, but are also propelling them to achieve academically. Participants are recognized for outstanding academic achievement through our a/b honor roll program, as we help young people learn life skills and develop core values on the golf course yet encourage them to transfer what they learn to other areas of their life, including school.