First Tee began as a way to bring golf to kids and teens that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values. Since that time, First Tee has steadily grown into a robust youth service organization, impacting, influencing and inspiring more than 6.5 million young people through its 220 chapters in the US and four countries.
First Tee – Northeast Wisconsin Chapter began in 1999 at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Seymour,WI. In 2005 Tim Drossart was approached by First Tee to become the chapters Executive Director. In 2006, the Learning Through Golf Foundation combined with First Tee – Northeast Wisconsin and brought First Tee programming to the Green Bay Area. During that time, Drossart was teaching several thousand students in the Green Bay area through partnerships with the Green Bay Schools and the Boys and Girls Club and other youth organizations. In 2010, the organization reached its 5000th youth with First Tee Life Skills Experience teaching values through golf throughout the Green Bay community.
Over the last 10 years the program has grown and expanded. The year 2019 will mark the first time First Tee has had an established program in the Appleton area, and the progress does not stop there. As the program continue to expand across the Northeast Wisconsin service area the mission never departs.
Through the School Program in elementary schools, PE programming in middle schools and High Schools, after school programming through the Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army, our organization hopes to reach thousands of school children with values and character education through golf during the school year. During the summer golf season, many of these same children come to the green grass facilities and are impacted on a weekly and biweekly basis through a mentoring program and First Tee Life Skills Experience. In 2019 over 5,000 youth will be impacted through the First Tee Life Skills program.