Empower Youth with First Tee - South Puget Sound
First Tee — South Puget Sound positively impacts 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. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.
- 2,700 youth impacted at 14 programming locations throughout Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, and Cowlitz Counties
- 40,500 youth reached through the School Program at 83 schools including elementary, middle, and high schools
- 19,000 youth empowered through the Community Partner Program by providing programming at no charge to organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Rescue Mission, Kings in Training, JBLM Military Youth, and more
- 60% of participants utilize the Youth Scholarship Fund for full or partial scholarships because we believe all youth deserve access to the game of golf and its inherent life values regardless of financial status
While we have had amazing participant moments during our ten years of programming, one memory that will never fade is that of Donté’s experience. Donté has been participating in First Tee programming since 2016 through our partnership with Kings in Training. In 2017, Donté’s father was sadly killed in a shooting in the streets of Tacoma, and he was left with very few people to turn to in his life. The partnership between Kings in Training and First Tee - South Puget gave Donte’ the outlet and safe space he needed to grow and learn.
In early 2018, Alex Davis, Kings in Training Executive Director and First Tee Board Member, approached First Tee and asked if we had any sets of golf clubs Donté could use. Alex told us how Donté wanted to learn the game of golf and what it meant to him to be able to come to Meadow Park. During our next programming session with Kings in Training, we gave Donté his very own set of golf clubs and told him anytime he wanted to come hit balls outside of programming he was welcome at Meadow Park. Donté teared up and gave us a big THANK YOU! He has come out to Meadow Park many times since and continues to work on his golf game, along with incorporating the Nine Core Values into his everyday life.