The Future Talent of Silicon Vally DBA The First Tee of Silicon Valley is a nonprofit public benefit corporation (501 c3) – tax identification #46-3102278. Our purpose is to develop youth through golf throughout Silicon Valley, transforming their lives and giving them a brighter future.
Our history dates back to 2000 when the San Jose Sports Authority (SJSA) – Santa Clara County’s sports commission – created the Eagles at Rancho del Pueblo (Eagles) junior golf program for East San José youth. In 2005, the Eagles became The First Tee of San José, a new chapter within The First Tee network of over 180 internationally, while remaining a program of SJSA. Having grown substantially by early 2012, the program expanded to all Santa Clara County and East Palo Alto and changed its name (and license) to The First Tee of Silicon Valley. The year 2014 began a new era as we separated from SJSA and became a new, 501c3, non-profit entity, The Future Talent of Silicon Valley DBA The First Tee of Silicon Valley. Southern San Mateo County (north to Hwy 92) and Hollister were added to our service area in 2018. We teach our life skills curriculum to over 1,100 youth on the golf course and 14,000 youth in schools and in the community annually, thus serving over 81,234 young people since 2005.
The First Tee of Silicon Valley is a unique youth development program providing high quality educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices seamlessly through the game of golf. It’s more than a game – it’s a shot at upward mobility for the under-served, at-risk youth in our community.
Our program is a safe haven that provides structure, direction and intentional mentorship addressing the epidemic of high school dropout rates, aggressive anti-social behaviors and childhood obesity. We fill the opportunity gap for those youth experiencing challenges associated with poverty and ethnicity. You may learn more about us by reading our Parents’ Guide, which includes detailed info about our curriculum, approach and much more.
First Tee was established by the World Golf Foundation in November 1997 as a not-for-profit organization 501(c)3. The initial focus was on creating affordable access for those not previously exposed to the game of golf. It has since broadened its focus to that of a youth development organization that teaches life skills using golf as a platform. Founding partners include the PGA TOUR, LPGA, PGA of America, USGA and the Masters Tournament. Former President George H.W. Bush served as honorary chairman from 1997 to 2010 when he moved to an emeritus role. In 2011, former President George W. Bush, his son, assumed the role. First Tee has two channels for delivering its programming: a network of approximately 140 chapters in all 50 states on golf courses and DRIVE which is taught at schools and youth centers.