First Tee – Treasure Coast was founded in the summer of 2012 and has grown each year since inception. We are 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. The chapter offers the opportunity for all students to learn the Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits of 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.
The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through collaboration among 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 of First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants.
We currently conduct programming in partnership with many youth development organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Pace Center and the East Stuart Community Center. Each year over 650 students participate in our Life Skills program. The First Tee School Program is being implemented in thirteen Treasure Coast elementary schools for over 6,000 students. We offer after school, Saturday and summer camp programs throughout St. Lucie and Martin Counties.
The creation of First Tee – Treasure Coast has been made possible by the contributions of a remarkable family to American business and philanthropy. Roy A Hunt worked his way up in the early 1900’s from a mill clerk to Chairman and President of Alcoa Aluminum, the company founded by his father Alfred in 1888. The Roy A Hunt Foundation traces its roots to 1951, when Roy and his wife Rachel, established a family foundation in Pittsburgh, PA to support organizations that strive to improve the quality of life. In 1996, the Foundation set up three special initiatives one being youth development. Today, the Foundation includes three generations of Hunt family members who live all over the country and meet twice a year to make grants to worthy non-profit organizations.
As an advocate for youth development and as an avid golfer since childhood, Andrew looked for ways to connect youth with golf. “It was an easy decision to engage First Tee to help develop the youth of the Treasure Coast into our future leaders and successful members of society,” said Andrew. “First Tee offers a lot more than learning how to play golf, as character building, core values and healthy habits are essential elements of the program.” Andrew and The Hunt Foundation remain generous supporters of our chapter and subsequently, they serve the youth of Martin and St. Lucie Counties.