Your support makes a difference
We believe every kid deserves the chance to build inner strength before the world demands it, to find the joy that comes with feeling confident in their own skin before the world makes it feel impossible, and to access experiences and spaces where personal growth happens. We exist to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges.
Our kids and teens are facing challenges unseen by previous generations. Many lack access to safe opportunities that foster a culture of acceptance and provide mentorship. They live in a world where social pressures are always on, calm and confidence are hard to access and perseverance is a required superpower every day. Young people are growing in new environments that are demanding more from them, and therefore more from us.
Kids become a better version of themselves when they have the space to be who they are, surrounded by passionate people who guide them to see what they are capable of.
We build these opportunities and experiences through…
- A progressive curriculum that focuses on social and emotional learning objectives through activities that are developmentally appropriate, designed to meet kids where they are.
- Multi-level coach training programs that focus on research-proven methods of positive youth development, providing our coaches with the tools to make kids feel safe, included and empowered.
- An annual slate of advanced national participant opportunities that facilitate growth and inspire personal transformation.
- A robust college scholarship program that provides tuition assistance, personal and professional development, and mentorship for First Tee alumni.
Young people in our programs are…
- More confident in school
- Supported by coaches, who they view as caring mentors
- Active community members
- Always welcome, regardless of financial circumstances
To make these outcomes possible, we seamlessly integrate the game of golf with a life skills curriculum where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next.
Thank you for partnering with us as we usher in First Tee’s next era. Together, we are Building Game Changers.
Ways To Give
Now you can support First Tee – West Virginia by wearing our logo proudly in your community! Our new on-line storefront has over 200 mens, ladies and juniors apparel and accessories from popular brands such as Under Armour, Adidas, Nike and more! All items are either screen printed or embroidered with the official First Tee – West Virginia logo. Items can be purchased at any time, and are shipped directly to you within 2 weeks.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the West Virginia Golf Association every time you shop, at no cost to you.
Kroger Community Reward
Did you know you can support First Tee – West Virginia just by shopping at Kroger? Kroger is committed to helping our state and communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®. To get started, sign up with your Plus Card below, and select the West Virginia Golf Association as your organization of choice. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards towards our organization every time you shop and use your Plus Card!
Have an old set of golf clubs packed in the corner of your garage? Donating equipment is another way to help support our chapter. Convert your old, unwanted golf equipment into a cash donation!
With the 2nd Swing Club Donation Program you can put any of your old equipment to great use and make a huge impact. The value of your used clubs and equipment is sent to us as a cash donation
Sponsor a Child
We understand that family situations arise and at times many families may not be in a position to provide payment for programs. Therefore, all participant(s) parent or guardians are eligible to apply for a programming scholarship through our application process. The awarded scholarships are approved on a need basis and criteria is similar to other assistance programs such as our public school’s free and reduced lunch program.
Charles Schwab Grant
First Tee – West Virginia is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law and a letter will be sent to your attention at the end of the year.
Please make checks payable to:
First Tee – West Virginia
1 Frances P. Jordon Way
Charleston, WV 25302