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The First Tee of Idaho

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Golf, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To positively impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that promote character development, life-enhancing values, and healthy choices through the game of golf.

Results: Founded in 2005 as one of 200 chapters affiliated with a national organization, The First Tee, we have impacted the lives of over 2,650 participants in our Life Skills Experience curriculum; we have introduced our programs to over 14,800 students in our school outreach program; we have implemented The First Tee National School Program in seven schools making our curriculum available to over 2,000 students every year through their physical education programs; we have implemented The First Tee DRIVE program at three Boys & Girls Clubs and one YMCA location; and we have a program for young people in the juvenile justice system that offers instruction and a new set of golf clubs to 20 students who attend each session.

Target demographics: any child 6 - 18 years old

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,440 kids

Geographic areas served: the State of Idaho

Programs: The First Tee Life Skills Experience; The First Tee National School program; The First Tee DRIVE Program; School Outreach; and The First Tee Second Chance Program for juveniles in the Canyon County Juvenile Justice System.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The thing that really stood out for me with The First Tee of Idaho is how dedicated the volunteers and staff members are to the children benefiting from the program. They all show such passion in getting kids on the golf course and making a difference in their lives. The passion resonates with the kids. They can feel it, they can see it. These individuals invest so much that these children can't help but benefit. The game of golf is such a great way to teach children about character and life skills but even more than that, these kids build confidence in themselves. That comes from the dedication of the staff and volunteers and for a young person, that is priceless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband & I were thoroughly impressed with the First Tee program this past summer. It was our first experience with the program as our daughter had just turned 6 and wanted to try out the sport of golf. Not only did she acquire some basic skills for beginners, but she also came away with some wonderful life lessons. One of our favorite moments was when she learned that anyone can play golf - they simulated playing golf with one arm, standing on one foot, blindfolded, standing on the range ball baskets, and placing a ball under their shirts as if pregnant. The whole session was incredible, and we look forward to another session next summer!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with the importance golf in the life of a youngster is with my family. My son learned golf from his grandfather, began to play at a young age, and became a caddy at age 14. He is now an adult working in the industry. Golf has a way of helping kids learn processes, manners, goals, strategies, how to get someplace on time and do a great job even when it’s physically taxing, and it’s all topped off by meeting some fabulous people and getting some one-of-a-kind experiences because of those people. Helping kids who may not have another way to learn these life skills – that’s a fabulous idea. I wish First Tee of Idaho all the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit is such a blessing. My daughter has taken a summer course when she was 10 & just finish a summer camp at the age of 13. She had the best instruction and became confident in herself and her golf skills. I highly recommend having your son or daughter at least try one session. It could change their life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past summer was our fist experience and it was fabulous! I had 3 of my kids in the golf program and they each had an individual positive experience. They even suggested we take their clubs to the park and hit the ball around! This was amazing, they wanted to practice the sport outside of practice time!! The coaches were organized, supportive, and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience, something we will defiantly participate in next summer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love First Tee. My son and daughter have been involved in First Tee for 3 years now and they have learned not only great golfing ability, but have also great responsibility and respect in life and daily responsibility. We are so happy to be a part of First Tee and looking for many years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is very pleased with the First Tee experience, as am I. The coaches and staff are friendly, personable and knowledgeable. This organization teaches more than golf - it teaches my son how to become a productive, ethical person. I would highly recommend First Tee as golf and life instructors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been an amazing program for my son. He was tentative about learning golf but after a session in First Tee, he feels confident and really enjoys the challenge. The volunteers are knowledgeable and work well with the youth. This is a great program and I would highly recommend it.

Cheri9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter learned the game of golf through First Tee. I cannot say enough about this program. Although she has only gone through lessons for two summers she has come so far! They not only helped her learn to play golf they also taught her many great life lessons. The program has done so much for her. They set her up with clubs, golf shoes, balls, etc. It is so nice to have a program that truly cares so much for it's players. It is obvious they want to see our youth succeed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had expressed interest in golf. This program allowed him to learn about golf and core values. I especially appreciated the ability to rent the clubs for a year to keep the expenses reasonable. He enjoyed the experience and wants to continue with golf.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my Daughter injured her knee playing soccer two years ago after playing for six years it has been her only sport and life she is in High school has been struggling since having coaches take her seriously since they here knee injury . Her Friend was talking about golf and how much fun it was. My Daughter thought golf sounded great to try another sport but was going to be unable to try it because our limited income in today's struggles. but first tee gave her the opportunity through there great scholarship program now she is hooked and loves it. Thank you so much first tee of Idaho for giving her another sport and being such great role models and teachers. We all know important and how great sports are for our kids keeps them focused and healthy and out of trouble.

You are all Great !!!!!!!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this program! My daughter was the recipient of financial assistance and the gift was greatly appreciated. This program helped foster her love for golf!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have son with special needs and 1st Tee of Idaho has been wonerdul in working with him.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am enrolled in The First Tee of Idaho program and I am also a teen volunteer. I love playing the game of golf and enjoy working with the kids. I highly recommend parents signing their kids up for this program. It teaches not only the game of golf, but the Nine Core Values which are valuable life lessons. The kids also have fun while learning!!!

Jennifer267

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found First Tee through a friend of mine a few years ago. My son, who was 8 at the time, started showing an interest in golf. I'm a single mom and couldn't afford private golf lessons, but First Tee of Idaho allowed my son to take lessons at an affordable rate and further his knowledge of the game. He's 12 now and has greatly excelled in his abilities thanks to the wonderful instructors. I also like the "life lessons through golf" concept. He's become a more responsible child and better golfer since starting, even winning a longest drive contest and longest chip contest this year. My favorite part is seeing the pride my son has when he golfs well. He's not your typical boy and didn't enjoy the typical boy sports so had never had that feeling before. Golf is something he loves and we would have never been able to let him blossom in this sport without First Tee of Idaho. Thank you!

Leisa

Client Served

Rating: 5

MY SON HAS PLAYED WITH 1ST TEE FEW DIFFERENT TIMES AND IT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING I EVER DID . THEY WORK WITH HIM AND HELP HIM TO GET ALONG WITH OTHER KIDS. MY SON IS 14 AND HAS ATISUM SO IT IS HARD FOR HIM TO FIT IN AND HE LOVE PLAYING WITH EVERYONE AT 1ST TEE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has gone to First Tee classes for 2 years. The instructors focus on respect for the child himself, others and the golf course. They also focus on quick play (which is VERY important for a fun game of golf for everyone involved) and having fun themselves! I truly enjoy the instructors and does my son. They are focused yet relaxed so the kids are not pressured and actually learn something from the lessons.
It's been a great experience all around. Thanks!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the fist year my son (8 years old) has participated in the First Tee of Idaho Program, and he LOVES it! The instructor was so patient and amazing! If it wasn't for the wonderful opportunity to receive a scholarship, he would be unable to participate, so it was beyond fantastic when we found out that he could join the First Tee of Idaho family. He learned so much, not only about golf, but about responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship and pride.
Thank you to the donors that made it possible foe him to learn a life long sport and gain the self confidence to play golf.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter took three rounds of golf through First Tee. We were so impressed with the program! The structure was amazing and her skill level improved so much. Beyond that, the coaches were professional and worked to establish good character traits with the kids. I would highly recommend First Tee to anyone who would like their child to have quality golf instruction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter (9) just completed her second summer playing golf with The First Tee and she had a wonderful experience each time. She always looks forward to the practices and now loves to play on small course or just hit a bucket. My son (6) also just finished his first golf instruction with The First Tee and he also loves to play. Great organization, great coaches, recommend them to anyone with kids wanting to play golf in a safe, relaxed, positive environment.