First Tee – Broward was founded in 2003 as one of the early chapters in Florida. Over the years, the chapter has reached thousands of participants and partnered with various youth development organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, H.A.N.D.Y., Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital, The Crockett Foundation, the YMCA, Mission United and area golf courses to offer programming in all areas of Broward County.
“So many lessons are learned through the game of golf,” said Dan Young, President of First Tee – Broward. “We welcome all young people and Veterans of Broward County to join us to learn about the game of golf and the First Tee Life Skills Experience that teaches our Nine Core Values that include: Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Honesty and more.”
Funded by grants from the Florida Golf Capital of the World License Plate program, the First Tee School Program has been implemented in over 40 Broward elementary schools. Over 700 schools in the state of Florida offer the First Tee School Program to their students. The chapter’s territory includes all of Broward County which encompasses over 150,000 elementary age school students.
“We are very grateful for the support of many leading companies and organizations in Broward County that help us expand our chapter’s mission and programs,” said Carl Mistretta, Executive Director of First Tee- Broward. “Some of those companies include Spirit Airlines, Bank United, Northern Trust, and Porsche of West Broward as these partnerships allow us to grow our programs throughout the county and reach many more deserving young people and Veterans.”
First Tee- Broward is one of over 160 chapters throughout the world and one of 15 chapters in the state of Florida. Programs are taught by PGA and LPGA certified instructors trained by First Tee Headquarters. The chapter offers the opportunity for all students to learn the Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits of the First Tee program.
Typically, we schedule a series of 9 once weekly sessions with a school or youth development organization. Sessions are 1 to 1.5 hours each week. We also offer Saturday and weekday evening classes. Each session includes a Nine Core Value and Nine Healthy Habit, encompassed into golf instruction. The Nine Core Values are Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment.
First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through 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 First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants.