First Tee

of Delaware

The First Tee of Delaware is a local chapter of The 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!



The First Tee of Delaware – Public Statement of Purpose

We, at the First Tee of 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 of 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 the First Tee’s Nine Core ValuesHONESTY, 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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Nine Core Values

Why is golf different from other sports?

Players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. By participating in First Tee, youth are introduced to Nine Core Values which are incorporated throughout the program.

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More than a game

85% of alumni say First Tee helped them become a better student.

At First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. And it’s making a difference. Our programs are positively impacting youth, their families and their communities.


Getting started

Who can play?

First Tee offers group lessons to youth up to age 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Our coaches are trained to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience. All we ask is young people come with an open mind and positive attitude.

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Golfers for Life

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10 FAQs About The First Tee

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First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in theFirst 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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