Golf is a metaphor for life. It’s not the score that counts, but what you learn along the way.
As in life, golf requires goal setting, working with others and digging deep when things get tough (perseverance). Golf is a perfect practice ground for learning skills that go far beyond the fairways.
- Golf focuses on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course
- Golf puts emphasis on setting goals and making goals a reality
- Golf helps us learn conflict resolution, resilience and how to plan for the future
Golf legend Bobby Jones said it best, “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.”
First Tee – Silicon Valley is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do.
We utilize golf as a powerful vehicle, but do not define our success by how well kids play the game. We focus on the deeper side of golf more than the technical and prioritize personal growth of kids. If we do our job well, the game of golf will inherently benefit as we develop lifetime golfers of all levels.
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. Our trained coaches create safe, supportive and empowering environments to help our kids prepare for life ahead, including friendships, school, college and even their careers.
FTSV is committed to having a safe and welcoming environment for everyone involved in the organization. As part of our commitment, all employees, coaches and volunteers must complete a background check before working with our youth. Plus, all employees, coaches, volunteers, and board members are required to complete the U.S. Center for Safe Sport training program.