The First Tee of Metropolitan New York Chapter was founded in 2001 at Mosholu Golf Course in the Bronx, and now includes five additional Facilities at Eisenhower Park, Fairchild Wheeler, Plainfield West 9, Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, and Weequahic Park. The Chapter was formed through a partnership that includes the Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation, the Met Section PGA and the Rudin Family, to teach young people that have traditionally been denied access to the game, valuable Life Skills and Nine Core Values through the game of golf. These values include Honesty, Integrity, Courtesy, Confidence, Respect, Perseverance, Judgment, Responsibility and Sportsmanship and are taught seamlessly with golf instruction through a unique curriculum developed by top educators.
The First Tee has the following objectives:
- Improve the game's accessibility, making golf more available to people of all social strata, particularly children.
- Provide every child, regardless of race and economic background the opportunity to learn and play golf.
- Teach children that dedication, sound values, and education are keys to success.
- Develop in participants greater self-esteem, civic responsibility, and confidence to broaden their goals in life.
- Create employment and advanced educational opportunities for participants.
- Help participants and families in their college search through SAT tutoring and college preparation workships.