To impact the lives of young people, including those with disabilities, and Veterans by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

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. 

Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, Judgement

The First Tee
Nine Healthy Habits

Playing the game of golf can improve your quality of life as there are many physical, emotional and social benefits. 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 youth.


        It is important to understand and make healthy choices about when to eat, how much to
        eat, and the types of food and drinks to provide the body with the most useful energy.

        A variety of energizing play can help the body stay strong, lean and fit, and be fun in the
        process. Sleep and other forms of “re-charging” allow one to engage in play on a daily basis.

        Physical safety includes playing in a safe environment and by the rules, protecting the body
        with proper equipment, warm-up and cool-down and wearing sun protection.


        In order to make the most of one’s unique gifts—talents, characteristics and abilities— 
        anindividual needs to learn from the past, value the present, create their vision and future
        to ultimately “leave a footprint.”

        The mind is a powerful tool for health. One’s mind influences his/her emotions and
        behaviors and can be utilized for self-improvement, building confidence and maintaining

        When family members participate in activities together – share meals, communicate and
        establish roles and responsibilities – they are more likely to be successful in achieving their
        health-related goals.


        Maintaining healthy relationships includes surrounding one’s self with friends and
        supportive people, while effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying and
        navigating the digital age with social media.

        Success in school – learning, building relationships and contributing to the school
        environment – leads to success in other areas of life.

        Like the health of one’s body, it is important to also explore the health of one’s community
        and discover how one can give back and care for its environment and safety.