USGA Awards Grant to First Tee – Silicon Valley for Local Youth Development Programs

Categories: 2020, Newsletter

USGA grant is part of a nationwide initiative to provide greater access to golf for youth

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has awarded a $2,500 grant to First Tee – Silicon Valley  to further their efforts of introducing young people to game of golf and experiences that empower them to build their strength of character. The grant is one of 51 being awarded nationwide to chapters located in or around USGA Championships and Allied Golf Associations as part of the organization’s strategy to leave a positive impact on its local host communities.

Since 1997, the USGA has invested more than $26 million in grants to First Tee to provide greater access to golf for juniors and cultivate a life-long passion for the game. The commitment to expanding participation is part of the USGA’s mission to champion and advance the game.

“Year after year we are seeing the positive impact that First Tee and other junior programs are having in breaking down barriers and connecting communities through sports,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “It is vital for golf’s long-term health that we continue to create pathways for all juniors to participate.”

First Tee brings kids and teens to the game of golf and leverages it as a catalyst for personal growth through experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience. With USGA’s support, First Tee – Silicon Valley reaches more than 14,000 young people annually at 3 program locations, with support from 100 volunteers. First Tee impacts young people through character education and life skills programs at in-school and after-school programs.

George Maxe, CEO & President expressed his appreciation, “Our chapter was faced with additional Covid-19 expenses to cover the cost of PPE items that were necessary to resume our class operations. The USGA grant made it possible for us to purchase health and safety supplies.’ Dealing with Challenges’ and ‘Playing with Perseverance’ are two of The First Tee’s 27 core lessons that are very relevant during this time of sheltering-in-place. It is noteworthy that what we teach the young people in our program applies well beyond golf to other parts of life including how we as individuals, families, organizations, and communities make the best of a public health crisis.”

The funding is part of the USGA’s annual $70 million investment back into the game fueled by revenues generated by the U.S. Open.

For more information about the First Tee – Silicon Valley, visit Visit to see the full list of USGA grant recipients.

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