“Because of First Tee, I know I can reach my dreams and goals in the future.”

– Nikki, participant

First Tee doesn’t just get kids on the course; it offers exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of First Tee national corporate partners, more advanced participants can apply to attend these golf and leadership events. These events often become life-changing experiences. Youth meet new people, play golf, achieve greatness, and show our Nine Core Values in action.

We are pleased to announce the schedule of participant opportunities conducted by the home office. As one of the leading chapters in the network, it has been a great honor of ours to have many of our participants here in Seattle selected for these opportunities. And we hope YOU are the next one to be selected!


How to Apply:

1) Review the schedule and event details below.

2) Review the application and Eligibility Criteria for each 2022 event HERE and determine if you would qualify. Might be this year, or might be in the future!

3) Send an email to Evan Johnsen with your intent to apply, and if you’re eligible, you’ll be provided with the application link and access code.

4) We will select our most qualified nominees and then provide instructions to complete the application.


2022 Schedule of Events

Application dates and deadlines are not yet available. We will update the page once those are released!


2022 Event Details


John Deere Drive Your Future Academy

Purpose

This all-girls event focuses on learning the value and impact of volunteerism, understanding the significance of values and skills learned through playing the game of golf, and recognizing the importance of building a strong network. The academy will take place in the city of San Francisco, where participants will be immersed in both its historic and modern culture, in addition to participating in workshops and playing golf with new mentors.

2022 Event Information

Date: June 6-10, 2021
Location: San Francisco, CA

Selection Process and Application

Application Release: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
Field Announced: TBD
Number of Participants Selected: 24


John Deere Power for Good Scholarship Contest

Purpose

Each year the ‘Power for Good’ competition recognizes participants who have a passion for improving their local communities and inspires their hard work and determination. Winners are selected for demonstrating their commitment to service and leadership through a written essay, which includes a summary of the impact of their efforts and how their work is connected to the values learned through First Tee. Contest winners will have an opportunity to play in the John Deere Classic Pro-Am, and serve as a power for good at a local volunteer event. Additionally, each winner will receive a financial contribution toward their higher education.

2022 Event Information

Date: June 21-July 1, 2022
Location: Silvis, IL
Host: John Deere Classic

Selection Process and Application

Application Release: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
Field Announced: TBD
Number of Participants Selected: TBD


First Tee National Championship

Purpose

The First Tee National Championship will bring together First Tee’s elite players for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play at the collegiate or next level. The winners of each male/female division will be awarded with the Tattersall Cup named after First Tee Trustee, Fred Tattersall. Each winner will earn an exemption into the PGA TOUR Champions’ PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

First Tee National Championship will be a 54-hole stroke-play event at Clemson University’s The Walker Course, featuring a Girls and Boys division for up to 72 high school participants ages 14-19. Participants will have the opportunity to take in the “college experience” including dorm-living, an official Clemson University campus tour and dinner at the West End Zone Club of the football team’s Memorial Stadium.

2022 Event Information

Date: June 28-July 1, 2022
Location: South Bend, IN

Selection Process and Application

2022 Event Information

Application Release: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
Field Announced: TBD
Number of Participants Selected: TBD


Participant Advisory Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Participant Advisory Council (PAC) is to advise First Tee Headquarters’ decision-makers on matters pertinent to First Tee participants. It is critical for youth to be heard, and as such, in this space within the PAC, we will be creating opportunities for youth to express themselves, voice their ideas, and provide input for projects or programs that will impact the experience of all First Tee participants. The PAC will consist of a diverse group of 8 current First Tee participants, along with 2 alumni who will serve as advisors for the program.

The participants will represent their chapter and others at PAC meetings and give honest and professional counsel to Headquarters on various agenda topics.  Participants will communicate effectively, giving accurate information and explanation of details, and allow all members of the group to communicate ideas.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Attend two 2-hour virtual meetings
  • Attend one 3-day in-person annual meeting at First Tee headquarters
  • Complete surveys on an as-needed basis
  • Provide a positive attitude and a supportive presence
  • Assist as needed in pilot programs for curriculum evolution
  • Provide honest feedback to all agenda topics
  • All duties of the position must be performed in a professional and confidential manner

2022 Event Information

Virtual Meetings: TBD
In-Person Annual Meeting:
July 11-13, 2021 in Jacksonville, FL

Selection Process and Application

Application Release: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
PAC Members Announced: TBD
Number of Participants Selected: 8
Alumni Advisors: Information will be sent to Alumni in the August Alumni Network newsletter. If you have any alumni who would be interested in serving as an advisor, please have them sign up for the Alumni Network here to ensure they receive the information.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be a high school student during the 2021–22 academic school year
  • Active First Tee participant for a minimum of one year
  • Ability to travel to Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for an in-person meeting (a stipend will be provided to chapters to help cover the cost of travel, and all expenses will be covered for the participants during the in-person meeting)
  • Accessibility to attend virtual meetings

First Tee Game Changers Academy

Purpose

At First Tee, 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. Using golf as our platform, we believe in creating spaces of belonging for every kid – no matter what walk of life. The events of 2020 have reinforced this, and the need to do more. This July, we’re hosting a new participant event, First Tee Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.

Participants selected to attend this five-day learning and empowerment academy will participate in important conversations around issues of identity, racism, diversity, equity and inclusion. RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), a national leader in the sports community championing social justice and working to improve race relations, will facilitate engaging and interactive workshops paired with introspective activities and reflections led by our nationally trained First Tee coaches. The Academy builds throughout the week into a final outreach project in collaboration with DE&I leadership in the local host community.

Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., First Tee’s CEO who retired in 2017 after 17 years of leadership, has always been an advocate for social justice and believes that First Tee has and always will be more than a game to young people. First Tee Game Changers Academy is the ultimate tribute to Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., a fearless champion of change.

This Academy is one of several national opportunities provided by First Tee headquarters designed to inspire and encourage high school students on a deeper level as they progress through the program and toward higher education opportunities. First Tee Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. is an evolution of our longest standing participant event, the Life Skills & Leadership Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., to address the challenges and experiences our teens face in their daily lives and better equip them to build the strength of character to be game changers in their communities.

2022 Event Information

Date: July 19-23, 2022
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Selection Process and Application

Application Release: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
Field Announced: TBD
Number of Participants Selected: 96


PURE Insurance Championship

Purpose

For many teens, being selected for the PURE Insurance Championship is the pinnacle experience of their First Tee participation. An official PGA TOUR Champions event, the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California pairs one First Tee junior with a PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs. The tournament is televised nationally on Golf Channel. Although there is a winning score on Sunday, this experience is so much more than a golf event. First Tee participants are provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Legends & Leaders speaker program, which features notables from the business, sports and entertainment industries. This event also provides the teens a unique mentoring experience on the golf course with their PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs. The relationships formed during tournament week are genuine and deeply rooted.

2022 Event Information

Date: September 20-25, 2022
Location: Pebble Beach, CA

Selection Process and Application

Application Release: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
Field Announced: TBD
Number of Participants Selected: 78


First Tee Innovators Forum

Purpose

In an increasingly interconnected world, the choices we make locally have significant global implications. The First Tee Innovators Forum sets to empower First Tee teens to develop a meaningful service project in their communities focusing on raising awareness on global issues focusing on education, health, and sustainability. Selected participants will have the opportunity to learn from global industry leaders through interactive workshops and small group breakout sessions.

At the end of the forum, a total of $32,000 will be awarded to 8 participants to further their educational pursuits. By bringing together exemplary participants across the chapter network, the First Tee Innovators Forum provides a distinctive educational experience, one geared towards their need for peers who share a similar passion for learning and creating an opportunity for them to create change in their communities.

2022 Event Information

Date: November 16-19, 2022
Location: Dallas, TX

Selection Process and Application

Application Release: TBD
Application Deadline: TBD
Field Announced: TBD
Number of Participants Selected: TBD