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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

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.

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!

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to work with The First of Idaho in a school setting. I'm a Physical Education and Health Teacher the Meridian School District. John Stein and his staff have come out the past three years to work with my students. This has been one of the most popular units I have engaged my students in over the last three years. John and his staff work extremely well with kids of all ability levels offering them tips to learn and experience success. I could not be happier with my decision to partner with The First Tee of Idaho and make them a part of the curriculum. My students love it and look forward to it every year. Can't thank John and his staff for their willingness to provide their instructional time and love of this life long sport. Thanks again First Tee of Idaho. This is a wonderful starter program if your looking to get your kids started in golf. Keep up the good work!