FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO ANNOUNCES NICK HARDY AS NEW HONORARY AMBASSADOR
PGA TOUR professional Nick Hardy will be joining PGA professionals Luke Donald and Patrick Flavin, Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ and Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat. As an Honorary Ambassador, Hardy will be acting as a spokesperson helping raise awareness for the organization as well as hosting unforgettable events for First Tee kids, such as clinics and more. Click here to read more.
We are looking for a Director of Instruction to oversee programming at our new Waveland Youth Facility. Please click here
for the full job description. For more information and to apply, please email Dinna Trovero
MADISON MILLER AND BRANDON SAVAGE DISCUSS ATTENDING FIRST TEE'S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ON FOX 32 NEWS' GOOD DAY CHICAGO
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FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO ANNOUNCES DOUG GHIM AS NEW HONORARY AMBASSADOR
PGA TOUR professional Doug Ghim will be joining PGA professionals Luke Donald and Patrick Flavin, Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ and Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat. As an Honorary Ambassador, Ghim will be acting as a spokesperson helping raise awareness for the organization as well as hosting unforgettable events for First Tee kids, such as clinics and more. Click here to read more.
FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO OPENS YOUTH GOLFING FACILITY THAT TRANSFORMS WAVELAND CLOCKTOWER BUILDING INTO A CLUBHOUSE
to to read the article from Block Club Chicago.
2020 IMPACT REPORT!
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BUY COFFEE, BOOST MORALE, SUPPORT FIRST TEE CHICAGO!
In collaboration with Cubs player Ian Happ, Connect Roasters just launched their new Guatemalan coffee, the Morale Blend! Each bag sold will support First Tee Chicago! Click here
buy your beans!
IAN HAPP JOINS FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO AND CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT AT GROUNDBREAKING EVENT
Cubs player Ian Happ attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new kids clubhouse that will allow more children from different backgrounds to build resilience and character as they learn the game of golf. Click here
to read the article from Marquee Sports Network.
FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO FEATURED IN BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO
The 1,250-square-foot facility, 3701 N. Recreation Drive, will house a learning center, lounge and golf simulator open to all kids and teens enrolled in First Tee throughout the year. It will also have outdoor areas designated for putting, full-swing and short game practice. Click here
to read more!
BUILDING GAME CHANGERS, ONE BRICK AT A TIME
For $300 you can support our history-making project at Waveland by purchasing and engraving a 4”x8” brick for our outdoor terrace. Click here
to donate your brick or text 'BRICKS' to 474747
FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO FEATURED ON NBC SPORTS HEADSTRONG SERIES
We are fortunate to have been featured on the Blackhawks postgame live and on social media as part of NBC Sports' Headstrong Series, a multi-platform initiative that focuses on mental health, men's health, and sports. In this segment, our Honorary Chairman, PGA professional Luke Donald, our Honorary Ambassador, Chicago Blackhawks hockey player, Alex DeBrincat, and First Tee – Greater Chicago participant, 14 year old Myles Cobb talk about how the game of golf helps them both on and off the course. Click here
to watch the video!
RECOGNIZING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
We are proud to be able to recognize our hardworking kids, especially during this challenging year. First Tee recognizes outstanding academic achievement of all participants through its A/B Honor Roll program.
NEW WYZANT PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES FREE TUTORING
Through a new partnership with Wyzant
, First Tee — Greater Chicago families can access free online tutoring in over 250 subject areas including academic classes, test prep, coding, music, foreign languages and more. This opportunity is available to all First Tee — Greater Chicago direct enrollment, community program, and school program families. Click here to learn more/Register
BETTINARDI PARTNERS WITH FIRST TEE — GREATER CHICAGO FOR WAVELAND CAPITAL PROJECT
Bettinardi and First Tee — Greater Chicago collaborated at the beginning of the Waveland Capital Project, where Bettinardi made specialty headcovers for their Corporate Challenge in September, an annual fundraising event that brings together golf enthusiasts and executives to raise funds for their mission. “We are all-in on working with the First Tee to empower youth through the game of golf, and believe this is a great opportunity to give back to our local community, located only 45 minutes from our headquarters in Tinley Park, Illinois.,” Executive Vice President Sam Bettinardi said. Click here to read the full press release
LUKE DONALD AND FIRST TEE — GREATER CHICAGO'S WAVELAND PROJECT FEATURED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Luke Donald is helping design a practice area at Waveland for youth golfers. Click here to read the article.
NEW LOOK, SAME MISSION
We recently unveiled a refreshed First Tee brand! We are not changing who we are; we are growing into what we can become. Our logo is a metaphor for the growth guidance at the heart of First Tee. The compass is a symbol of both directionality and guidance. The icon also represents a golf ball on a tee, and a golf ball entering a hole. Among the changes, you may have noticed we dropped "The" and "of" from our name.
THE WGA PARTNERS WITH FIRST TEE CHICAGO
The Western Golf Association (WGA) and First Tee — Greater Chicago, two of Chicago’s leading nonprofit organizations, have formed a partnership to broaden the scope and reach of their youth development and scholarship programs. The news was announced today during this week’s WGA-run BMW Championship, a PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoff event held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Read more
THANK YOU COACH HARLAN
For the past six years, Coach Harlan Chemers has served as a mentor and role model to countless participants while helping them develop valuable life skills and golf skills. Harlan predominantly coached at our Foss Park, Countryside, and Buffalo Grove Golf Dome locations. Harlan will always be a welcome member of our First Tee family. Please join us in thanking him for his service and dedication to First Tee Greater Chicago!
2019 IMPACT REPORT
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TWO NEW HONORARY AMBASSADORS!
Chicago Blackhawks NHL player Alex DeBrincat
and PGA Tour player Patrick Flavin
will be joining PGA Professional Luke Donald and Chicago Cubs second baseman and outfielder Ian Happ in their support of First Tee Greater Chicago.
PARTICIPANT HIGHLIGHT: KAI KAI
11 year old Kai Kai has been a First Tee Greater Chicago participant for the past three years. She is also a very talented musician and was selected to play her violin on WTTW. Watch here
THANKS TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED OUR FIRST FORE THE KIDS FUNDRAISER AT FIVE IRON GOLF!
THANK YOU AGAIN TO CHICAGO CUBS PLAYER IAN HAPP FOR SHINING A LIGHT ON THE IMPACT FIRST TEE IS HAVING IN CHICAGO!
IAN HAPP ON WINDY CITY LIVE!
Cubs Outfielder and Second Baseman Ian Happ appeared on Windy City Live on December 10 to show his support for First Tee Greater Chicago and our commitment to health and wellness through the game of golf. Listen here
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SIX FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO PLAY IN THE NEW ORLEANS NATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT!
We’re excited to announce that six of our participants have been selected to participate at First Tee Greater New Orleans National Tournament Sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank, December 19th
through December 21st
at Chateau Golf & Country Club!.. Read more
FIRST TEE – GREATER CHICAGO NAMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
First Tee – Greater Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, Lea Jesse.
Through her years of business development and leadership experience at various high-profile consulting firms, banks, and most recently another Chicago area nonprofit, Lea Jesse brings a refreshing and unique set of skills to her new role that will greatly benefit First Tee – Greater Chicago in the years to come. Read more
FIRST TEE HELPS KIDS AND TEENS LEARN LIFE SKILLS AND GOLF SKILLS
First Tee kids gather with Ivanhoe Club pros before going out on the course in Mundelein. Read more.
FIRST TEE EXPANDS TO GREATER CHICAGO AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS; ELEMENTARY STUDENTS IN 56 PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO LEARN CHARACTER-BUILDING LESSONS THROUGH GOLF
First Tee – Greater Chicago, in partnership with Nicor Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company Gas, is proud to announce that students in 56 public elementary schools in the Greater Chicago area will receive First Tee School Program as part of physical education instruction. Read more.
LUCIANO GIANGROSSI IS ONLY 9 YEARS OLD, BUT HE’S ALREADY A GOLFING CELEBRITY
Luciano was one of five youngsters from Illinois to survive the nationwide qualifying events for the Drive, Chip and Putt competition. The finals were Sunday at Augusta National, and Luciano won the chipping competition in the 7- to 9- year-old boys division. Chipping Competition at Augusta Won by Evanston Boy
PLANNING THE RESTORATION OF JACKSON PARK AND SOUTH SHORE GOLF COURSES
First Tee – Greater Chicago is pleased to be part of the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance and the restoration of the Jackson Park and South Shore Golf Courses to further youth golf opportunities throughout Chicagoland. Read more