First Tee

of Syracuse

Help us develop the leaders of tomorrow

Donate to First Tee – Syracuse

Make your year end gift today, and make a positive impact on today’s youth.


The First Tee exists to provide educational programs that build character, teach life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are at the core of First Tee’s identity and essential to our continued success as an organization. Our Chapter has strived to provide the greatest impact and truly make a difference in the lives of children, especially our minority young people in Syracuse and Central New York.

This year brought many challenges to the chapter, but we were fortunate to have been one of the few youth organizations in the CNY area to be granted clearance to hold modified summer and fall programs with classes that ran 8–3:30 M-F, and were filled to capacity! Given our ability to hold our programs outdoors and meet NYS mandates for adequate social distancing, we are planning and strategizing for the 2021 season.

Between our on-site programs and the participants in our National School Program taught in 29 Syracuse City and CNY Suburban Elementary PE classes, we impact over 10,000 youth each year and hear about the confidence our lessons instill, the courage and perseverance the participants are gaining, how they’re learning to be leaders.

Make a difference in the life of a child. Help us get off to a great start towards our end of year giving goal of $10,000—64 scholarships to children in need!

You can be a part of these transformations by making an end-of-the-year gift. Your contribution helps keep our programming affordable and accessible to thousands of local youth as we coach them toward reaching their potential through the game of golf.

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Together, we are making a difference in the futures of our young people and building leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you for all of your support!


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Our Heart and Soul

We enable kids and teens to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges by seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills. We provide active learning experiences that develop inner strength, self-confidence and resilience that kids can carry into everything they set out to accomplish.

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Building Game Changers

Experiences are our greatest teacher. We believe in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. With proven results, we aim to help kids become better versions of themselves while enriching the communities around us.

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Let’s Get Started

We work to actively create a space of belonging for every kid - no matter what walk of life. We offer programs for kids and teens up to age 18. We help kids discover what’s inside of them, guide them to strengthen it, and mentor them to put it into action in everything they do.

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First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in the First Tee network. First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

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