Founded in 2004, as a collaborative effort with the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation, First Tee — Southeast Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) organization designed to serve as a place for participants to learn valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.

The goal of First Tee — Southeast Wisconsin is to incorporate responsibility, courtesy, honesty and integrity – all values inherent in the game of golf – into the daily lives of those who participate. By using the fundamentals of golf, First Tee — Southeast Wisconsin equips youth with the skills needed to follow their dreams, advance academically and athletically, strengthen their social abilities and become productive members of their local community.

Formerly known as the First Tee of Milwaukee County, in 2015, the organization underwent the transition to First Tee — Southeast Wisconsin, where today it services youth throughout Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties. First Tee — Southeast Wisconsin wants to grow their programs by offering more instruction and enhancing programs at a wider number of facilities, throughout all of Southeast Wisconsin.

First Tee 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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First Tee 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 of First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants.

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First Tee — Southeast Wisconsin does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.