First Tee is an international youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people and their families by providing educational programs for youth that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.


First Tee – Northeast Wisconsin envisions expansion of it’s youth development emphasis throughout Northeast Wisconsin territory by focusing on bringing quality programs to golf courses in our region.

Since its inception in 1997, First Tee has:

  • Reached over 10 million participants.
  • Actively engaged 20,000 volunteers.
  • Introduced 10,000 elementary schools to the First Tee School Program, which delivers a structured golf curriculum that promotes character development in a physical education setting.

Who We Reach:

With one in five students dropping out of public high schools, the need for quality youth programs is critical. First Tee golf program can be part of the solution to challenges facing today’s youth.

First Tee reaches young people ages 5-18 through golf instruction and life skills lessons administered at chapters, military installations, and to students in elementary schools.

What we do:

First Tee programs provide life skills education and expose young people to core values.

Our character education helps young people prepare for success in high school, college and life.

How we help:

First Tee provides quality youth golf programs that include adult mentors and safe places for young people.

Results Beyond Junior Golf Performance:

Through independent research, 84% of young people at our chapters report high confidence in their ability to do well academically and 87% feel confident in their social skills with peers.

For more information, please contact our Executive Director, Perry Faulkner at (920) 606-6607 or via email at

First Tee – Northeast Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Nine Core Values
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 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.
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The Nine Healthy Habits
First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through a 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 First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants.
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