The Rockford Park District and The First Tee of Greater Rockford work together to bring golf and invaluable core values to thousands of 5- to 18-year-olds in the area.
The outreach program of the District complements existing fee-based, instructional programs, camps, and clinics. Under the combined structure, the Rockford Park District fully adopted The First Tee of Greater Rockford program for its outreach and school initiatives, targeting thousands of children in various summer programs, community centers, partner organizations, and local schools.
The mission of the Rockford Park District is to “Help People Enjoy Life” by offering lifelong recreational opportunities for all. The First Tee is an internationally respected youth organization whose mission is 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.
How to Give
The First Tee of Greater Rockford is a not-for-profit organization that relies on community support. The individuals, businesses, and foundations that support the chapter are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people in the Greater Rockford area.
9 Reasons to Invest
1. We are not a junior golf program
We are youth development organization, and we are on a mission to positively impact the lives of young people in our community.
2. We are 501 (c) non-profit
Your donation is 100% tax deductible
3. We have top-notch coaches and mentors.
Our coaches are trained to deliver The First Tee curriculum, focused on Nine Core Values adn Nine Healthy Habits.
4. We emphasize The First Tee’s Nine Core Values
Honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance, sportsmanship, courtesy, judgement, confidence, and responsibility are the foundation of our lessons.
5. We teach life skills like goal-setting and properly introducing oneself
Our character education and life skills program helps young people prepare for success in high school, college, and life.
6. We collaborate with other partners and the school district.
The First Tee of Greater Rockford collaborates with youth-serving organizations like YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Northwest Community Center, Washington Park Community Center, and more.
7. We are affordable
The First Tee of Greater Rockford keeps its fees very low while delivering high-quality programs. We never turn away a child in financial need.
8. We are relevant.
The First Tee’s curriculum addresses two major epidemics among youth today: child obesity, and the one-in-five high school drop-out rate.
9. We need your support.
Our organization could not continue without the support of our volunteers and donors. Your support makes a true difference in the lives of young people in the Rockford community.
If you are interested in mailing a donation, you may send it to our chapter office:
The First Tee of Greater Rockford
PO Box 184
Rockford, IL 61105