The PGA of America, in conjunction with golf legend Jack Nicklaus, has awarded teaching grants totaling $25,000 to five Chapters of The First Tee representing four states.
To date, 178 of the 201 active Chapters of The First Tee worldwide have been recipients of either a PGA of America or Nicklaus/PGA teaching grant. The combined PGA and Nicklaus/PGA grants total $2,050,000.
Since 2001, The PGA of America and Nicklaus have partnered to create a $2 million endowment to provide teaching grants to certified Chapters of The First Tee that utilize PGA Golf Professionals and apprentices for instruction.
“When The PGA of America and Jack Nicklaus first teamed for this initiative through the Nicklaus/PGA Teaching Grants, we believed that it would have a positive effect upon young people throughout this country,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “The grants program has delivered, and it has resulted in nationwide success stories. The First Tee momentum, along with PGA Professional support, continues to attract young people into the game.”
The current Nicklaus/PGA teaching grants totaling $5,000 each was awarded to The First Tee Chapters in California, Florida, Maryland and New York.
Since its inception in 1997, there are 201 Chapters of The First Tee in operation and 709 golf-learning facilities that have introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 3.6 million participants and students (which include the students of the National School Program). The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.
The PGA Growth of the Game Program is one of a number of initiatives administered by The PGA of America.
For more information about the Teaching Grants, call (561) 624-7612.
NICKLAUS/PGA OF AMERICA TEACHING GRANT - $5,000 each
The First Tee of Baltimore - Baltimore, Md.
The First Tee of Oakland - Oakland, Calif.
The First Tee of Syracuse - Syracuse, N.Y.
The First Tee of Tampa - Tampa, Fla.
The First Tee of The Palm Beaches - West Palm Beach, Fla.