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The First Tee of South Puget Sound

The First Tee's Mission
To impact the lives of young people in the South Puget Sound by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The First Tee of South Puget Sound is open to participation by all youth ages 7-17 regardless of background. Nonetheless, a specific focus for the organization is on at-risk young people who historically have not had access to the game of golf.

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First TeeAbout The First Tee of South Puget Sound
The First Tee of South Puget Sound was formed in 2010 from a collaborative effort involving Northwest Leadership Foundation, Meadow Park Golf Course (Metro Parks Tacoma), Chambers Bay Golf Course (Pierce County) and The First Tee. After incubating under Northwest Leadership Foundation, its 501(c)(3) status was approved in June 2011 and South Puget Sound became the 201st chapter of The First Tee on October 28, 2011.

The First Tee of South Puget Sound’s activity-based character education program uses golf as a metaphor to teach Life Skills and Nine Core Values (Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, Judgment) to impact the youth in our community. The program focuses on the social epidemic of 1/4 public school drop-out rate and 1/3 obesity rate for our young people.

Learning to swing a golf club at The First Tee School Skills Challenge at Meadow Park Golf Course.Since Being Founded
  • Created Executive Board of 20 passionate community members
  • Trained 125 volunteers to assist with programming
  • Established program partnerships with 16 youth serving agencies
  • Partnered with 31 public schools to teach our golf curriculum in their PE classes
  • Influenced over 18,500 youth through on course and outreach programs
  • Granted scholarships to 68% of our participants based on need
  • Reached 41% female and 59% minority participants
  • Program at 9 golf facilities, Meadow Park, Chambers Bay, Tacoma Firs, Allenmore, Tumwater Valley, Eagles Pride, Whispering Firs, Madrona Links, and Gold Mountain

Major Founding Sponsors
Milgard Foundation, Waste Connections, Propel Insurance, Dimmer Foundation, Baker Foundation

First Tee kids with Earthball at Meadow Park Golf Course.Ways to Make A Difference:
  • Volunteer to assist with classes
  • Sponsor/Donate to provide scholarships
  • Donate equipment

For more information please contact:
Ryan Kallenberger, Program Director
(253) 777-7597 or


The First Tee School Skills Challenge was held on April 19, 2015 at Meadow Park Golf Course. Students participated in putting, chipping, pitching, and long drive competitions. There were also stations where students could test their life skills.  This was a great way for students of 31 Tacoma Public Schools to meet and enjoy time together.