First Tee of Central Iowa uses the game of golf to make a positive impact on its community.
"The First Tee of Central Iowa positively impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices," Jamie Alt of First Tee told the Des Moines Guide.
The organization just hosted the Skywalk Golf Classic at Capital Square, an annual event that helps fund its programs.
"Nationally, the organization just celebrated its 20-year anniversary," Alt said. "The Iowa chapter has been in existence for 10 years, and just recently increased its number of participants through enhanced program structure and locations."
The organization is passionate about encouraging young individuals to stay involved in their community.
"The First Tee has a well-designed structure youth work through as they participate in the program, where the emphasis leans more toward personal development," Alt said. "We don’t just build better golfers. We build character. With that, The First Tee of Central Iowa gives back to our communities by improving our society."
Given that the organization is a non-profit, it is always important for First Tee to constantly be fundraising in order to have the greatest impact.
"We have multiple fundraising events throughout the year including the Skywalk Golf Classic, Beyond the Fairways, Champions Cup and THAW Par-Tee," Alt said.
And the efforts of First Tee are paying off: after participating in First Tee for three years, 73 percent of participants report higher confidence in academic ability and 82 percent feel more confident in social skills with peers, Alt said.
First Tee has more than 1,250 locations nationwide.