Founded in 2004, as a collaborative effort with the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation, The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) organization designed to serve as a place for participants to learn valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.
The goal of The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin is to incorporate responsibility, courtesy, honesty and integrity – all values inherent in the game of golf – into the daily lives of those who participate. By using the fundamentals of golf, The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin equips youth with the skills needed to follow their dreams, advance academically and athletically, strengthen their social abilities and become productive members of their local community.
Formerly known as The First Tee of Milwaukee County, in 2015, the organization underwent the transition to The First Tee Southeast Wisconsin, where today it services youth throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin wants to grow their programs by offering more instruction and enhancing programs at a wider number of facilities, throughout all of Southeast Wisconsin.
The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits
The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people. The healthy habits are a list of nine health and wellness topics presented as a part The First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants.
The First Tee Nine Core Values
The First Tee has established Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf.
By participating in The First Tee, young people are introduced to these core values which are incorporated throughout the program. Parents are encouraged to reinforce these behaviors by talking about them, what they mean and what these behaviors can look like at home.