First Tee

of Delaware

First Tee – Delaware is a local chapter of  First Tee National youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. We help shape the lives of young people from Delaware and the Tri-State area by providing in school and after-school educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  And it’s making a difference!

First Tee – Delaware – Public Statement of Purpose

We, at First Tee – Delaware, have collectively spent the last few weeks struggling to process the tragic events unfolding across our nation that are, deeply disturbing, saddening, and heartbreaking. These events impact directly on the African American community. We do realize that society today continues to bear the marks of racial prejudice and social injustice for the under-served. Appreciating differences in others has always been at the heart of our organization and, while we will continue our uncompromising effort to reach youth from all backgrounds, we realize we must do more.
For 25 years, our First Tee – Delaware family, has profoundly impacted the lives of our children by instilling life enhancing, character building principles which are essential both on and off the golf course. Today’s societal challenges have shown us, now more than ever, that First Tee’s Nine Core Values – HONESTY, RESPECT, JUDGMENT, RESPONSIBILITY, INTEGRITY, COURTESY, CONFIDENCE, SPORTSMANSHIP, and PERSEVERANCE, are all essential to confront today’s issues head-on and, can help bring people together.
Looking forward, we will act to expand our emphasis on these core values in our educational programs. We have a responsibility to all the communities we serve, as volunteer coaches/mentors, to identify for and reinforce the importance of how to apply these ideals in kids’ lives. Developing these values, as part of young person’s inner character, will aid them in the future to make a difference in our society.
We stand united with our National organization as well with the cities/towns in the State of Delaware, and surrounding Maryland counties in their desire to address the existing unfairness, and inequalities. We further commit to continue to provide opportunities for our children to grow by continuing to cultivate a culture of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.
As Greg McLaughlin, the CEO of the National First Tee organization, recently stated,
“As a community of caring adults who come together in support of the next generation, it’s our responsibility to ensure kids build the confidence to find their voice, their footing, and stand up for what is right, even when it’s hard. Our character is a compass, and it is the source of our words, thoughts and actions. Strong character stands against injustice. As we grieve the events happening around us, we have to lead the next generation to higher ground.”
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Our Heart and Soul

We enable kids and teens to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges by seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills. We provide active learning experiences that develop inner strength, self-confidence and resilience that kids can carry into everything they set out to accomplish.

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Building Game Changers

Experiences are our greatest teacher. We believe in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. With proven results, we aim to help kids become better versions of themselves while enriching the communities around us.

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Let’s Get Started

We work to actively create a space of belonging for every kid - no matter what walk of life. We offer programs for kids and teens up to age 18. We help kids discover what’s inside of them, guide them to strengthen it, and mentor them to put it into action in everything they do.

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First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in the First Tee network. First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.


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