The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
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Programs

Description
The focus of The First Tee National School Programs is to establish a lifelong interest in golf by engaging young people in a structured golf curriculum that promotes personal character development within a physical education setting. The students from K-5th grades receive lessons not only on the game of golf, but also nutrition & sportsmanship. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento serves over 48,000 students at 72 schools in the Elk Grove USD, Sacramento City USD, Galt Joint USD, and the Natomas USD. In February 2018, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento added 32 new schools in the Elk Grove Unified School Districts.

The First Tee DRIVE is the perfect activity for young people as it Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone. The First Tee DRIVE is a set of 18 golf Activity Plans designed to provide a fun, engaging program which exposes young people to the behaviors associated with The First Tee's Nine Core Values. The First Tee DRIVE program is currently at 25 sites.
Budget
$73,000
Program Successes
"The First Tee is a fabulous program and we are thrilled about the opportunity we have been given to bring the concepts of golf, physical fitness, and character education to our elementary schools," said Donna Cherry, Associate Superintendent for PreK-6 Education for Elk Grove Unified School District. Ms. Cherry further noted, "The added benefits of introducing our students to the concepts of golf are many; they can apply math concepts, build confidence, engage in physical fitness, and further learn about integrity, respect and perseverance."

'We have been extremely pleased with the positive results and high levels of interest exhibited by our children. The enthusiastic response from our at-risk youth has been much greater than anything we expected. The First Tee DRIVE uniquely allows youth to build positive character traits while having fun.' - Jason P. Davis, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Description
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento partners with Boys and Girls Clubs, Center for Fathers and Families, Nor Cal Minority & Latino Jrs, and other Inner City Youth Programs. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento offers programs not only to help improve a participant's golf skills, but also to educate, change, and enrich lives. We use these after school programs to explain and show how one can be honest, respectful, responsible, courteous, and personify integrity through the game of golf, but also prove how those ideas and life skills can be applied to everyday life, both at home and at school. It has become clear that this is an extremely vital time of life for these young people, as they are capable of understanding how important it is to live by the Core Values, as well as work toward their life long goals and to continue with their education; all of which can be taught through the game of golf.
Budget
$15,000
Program Successes
- The First Tee of Greater Sacramento's Outreach Programs have increased in the number of participants enrolled each year, from 170 in 2011 and to over 500 today.
Description
The California Eagles: The First Tee works with 100 young people and adults with down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other disabilities, taking them out to the golf course 25 weeks per year. The participants are taught the basics of the game of golf and our Life Skills curriculum. They spend time on the driving range, practice green, golf course, and end their season with a tournament and BBQ.

Adaptive PE: The First Tee works with 200 physically and developmentally challenged students each year, taking them to William Land Golf Course for golf and life skills training that satisfies these students physical education requirements. These students learn the game of golf, get valuable exercise, and learn to apply the core values of The First Tee to their life at school, home, and on the golf course.

Swing Club for the Blind: The First Tee works with 15-20 players, taking them on various outings; including nine holes of golf, preceded by a short review lesson in golf fundamentals given by a staff member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. Each player is accompanied by a sighted volunteer who assists in lining up the golfer and providing information about distance and direction.
Budget
$30,000
Program Successes
- The California Eagles program has been one of our most loved programs since its inception in 1986
- There are several of the participants that started in the program in 1986 that are still enrolled in the program today

"Golf with The First Tee is a wonderful program for our students with disabilities. The opportunity, facility, and excellent staff give our students a chance to be physically and mentally engaged that is very hard to come by." - Aaron McClatchy, Adaptive PE Luther Burbank Teacher
Description
We offer junior golf programs for ages 3-18, year round. Children will learn and develop a solid understanding the fundamental of the game. We utilize many different types of golf stations allowing participants to improve their skills. By using other athletic movements, such as jumping, throwing, balancing, hopping, catching, etc. we are able to better improve a child's golf ability. Also during our golf classes, not only do we discuss The Nine Core Values and Life Skills, but also the rules, etiquette, dress code, and behaviors on the golf course. Class are taught at: Bing Maloney, Campus Commons, Cherry Island, Cordova, Diamond Oaks, Empire Ranch, Haggin Oaks, Woodcreek, Wildhawk, and William Land Golf Courses.
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
'We have two sons who are scratch golfers in a non-golfing family. This never could have happened without The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. Andrew and Austin started out in a SAY Golf camp around age ten, just to expose themselves to the game. They enjoyed it and continued into Little Linkers playing 18 holes with an adult, then onto The Junior Tour and competition. They have learned many life lessons from the game and their experiences surrounding it. They have learned to love golf. I especially appreciate the core values and life skills focus of The First Tee versus the domination of competition/winning with other golf programs. The First Tee has helped us raise our sons to feel comfortable with themselves in the world, and give back to the community. I cannot speak highly enough about the difference it has made in our lives.' - Marsha and Charles Roberts
Description
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour is a year round competitive tournament program for boys and girls ages 12-18. The members of the tour play and compete on over 25 different area country clubs and quality public courses each year. In order to join the tour, juniors must demonstrate the ability to break 100 for 18 holes on a regulation golf course. While some just meet this requirement, others shoot par or better. The tour encourages a wide range of skill levels by pairing players according to skill in the events, so that all feel confident and capable to compete at their given skill level. The junior tour is an excellent program that keeps teenagers actively engaged in The First Tee Life Skills experience through their formidable years. Life skills are taught at all of the events. Of the total participants in our chapter that have gone through life skills certification, over 60% are from our The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour Program.
Budget
$155,000
Program Successes
'When our son started the program he did not like it, he was nervous, a follower, was very shy, would never talk (not even at the dinner table) and was a C student. Now he teaches the next generation of TFTGS, is full of confidence, goal oriented, confident, loves to speak in public, graduated with a 4.3 GPA in high school and is currently a 3.5 GPA in college. The First Tee program has provided him with opportunities his mother and I could never offer and what he gained from those opportunities is priceless. It is without question due to the Core Values he was able to attain his latest goal to become a resident advisor on campus. This equates to over $11,000 a year paid by his college towards room and board. We can't thank you enough for all that you do and continue to do for Brandon.' - Gilbert and Karen Urbano