The PGA of America, in conjunction with golf legend Jack Nicklaus, has awarded teaching grants totaling $50,000 to 10 Chapters of The First Tee representing six 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 $2,025,000.
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.
“The PGA of America and Jack Nicklaus are proud that the Nicklaus/PGA Teaching Grants continue to impact new groups of young people throughout this country,” said PGA of America President Jim Remy. “The program was intended to be a catalyst for growing the game of golf, and it has resulted in nationwide success stories. The First Tee momentum continues and we are proud to team in this endeavor to bring many young people into the game.”
The program continues to highlight The PGA of America’s commitment to partner with its PGA Professionals to grow participation in golf.
The current Nicklaus/PGA teaching grants totaling $5,000 each have been awarded to The First Tee Chapters in California, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington.
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 3.5 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.