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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!!!


Rating: 5

The First Tee of Idaho is great! They teach children values that they are able to use in their daily life. This helps children grow to be good citizens.


Rating: 4

The First Tee of Idaho is one of the best things to happen to the game of golf and the youth of the Treasure Valley. This is an excellent program with curriculum that is of the highest quality. As a former high school principal, I would have loved it if the curriculum was as carefully created for all subject areas as it was for The First Tee. The Core Values that are the basis for the program are a wonderful foundation. The concept of sharing the game of golf with youngsters that otherwise might not encounter the sport is outstanding. I love win-win situations and that is The First Tee of Idaho. As a former board member and current volunteer, this is one nonprofit I will always support.



Rating: 5

The First Tee of Idaho is a fabulous program. Teaching life skills to our youth thru the game of golf. The First Tee is building great citizens for our community and future leaders for families and business.