Mission Statement
To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

About First Tee Greater Knoxville
Our goal at First Tee Greater Knoxville is not to develop the next professional golfer, but to help our youth make the transition into adulthood, teaching them how to set and achieve realistic goals, deal with conflicts and challenges, and develop core values.

First Tee is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds with an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The intent is to offer opportunities for improvement in the quality of life and create a platform where children can increase their potential for success.

First Tee Life Skills Experience is divided into four levels, starting with Par for new participants and progressing through Birdie, Eagle and Ace. Each level of the Life Skills Experience can be taught seamlessly with all golf skills curricula.

Through this experience, participants learn valuable lessons such as the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences, how to define and set goals, and how to transfer the positive values of golf to everyday life.
Annual Report
Our 2020 Annual Report is available upon request! Please email Shawn Mauer at smauer@thefirstteegreaterknoxville.org to receive a copy and be added to our mailing list.