ACT NOW, in 2021 every donation up to $27,000 will be matched 100% by matching grant funds! Double your impact with a donation today that will positively impact the lives of Utah kids for years to come!
Have you ever wondered if you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Utah kids?
We'd answer with an emphatic YES! You can make a huge impact by donating to First Tee Utah. To illustrate, we want to tell you a story, not about just one kid, but about First Tee's impact on a whole school.
Guadalupe School in the Rose Park neighborhood of Salt Lake City serves some of the most economically and socially challenged members of our community, kids who face obstacles you and I can hardly imagine. Years ago Guadalupe School built a new facility adjacent to the 17th tee at Rose Park Golf Course. In fact, construction of the school required reconfiguration of the 17th hole.
But that proximity did not immediately translate into opportunity, much less connection.
When we first started talking with Guadalupe School Director Rich Pater about bringing First Tee Utah's programming to the kids at Guadalupe, he said something that stopped us cold.
“Our kids look out the window at that golf course, and they don’t know they can go there.”
Let that sink in. Rose Park Golf Course is a public facility. It is open to anyone and everyone. But the kids at Guadalupe School didn’t “know they can go there.”
We soon realized that taking First Tee to Guadalupe School — and opening the gate between the school and the golf course, both literally and figuratively — was about something much bigger than golf. It was about breaking down the walls in these wonderful kids’ minds that kept them from believing that they can go anywhere their dreams, talent and hard work will take them.
First Tee Utah is the perfect battering ram to tear down that wall. And the perfect tool for building the skills for success in its place. First Tee Utah teaches golf, so the kids are learning how to play Rose Park or any golf course. But more importantly, First Tee Utah teaches character values such as honesty, responsibility and perseverance. And it teaches life skills such as goal setting and resilience.
But it takes time. And it takes money. And the need is now.
None of the kids at Guadalupe School are able to pay anything for the First Tee Utah programming they receive. And there are many more deserving kids throughout Utah in that same boat.
Because of you and donors like you, and your generous support, First Tee Utah started a program at Guadalupe started, to pull a few bricks from the walls in the Guadalupe School kids’ minds, to chip at the foundation of the thoughts that say “I can’t go there.”
But we have so much more to do, at Guadalupe School and around the state of Utah! The kids at Guadalupe and kids around the state are thirsting for what First Tee Utah can bring them.
Will you help us?
A donation of $125 provides a deserving kid with 15 hours of golf, character values, and life skills instruction from our trained coaches in teams led by PGA Professionals.
A donation of $250 covers the cost of adding a set of junior sized and weighted clubs to our club library. Having the right equipment available helps the kids have a positive and successful experience.
A donation of $1,000 provides specialized, age-appropriate developmental equipment for a whole group of young kids to get started.
A donation of $2,000 covers the cost of specialized training for one of our coaches.
A donation of $3,500 brings the values of First Tee’s programming to an after school program in a community center or at a Title 1 school.
A donation of $5,000 brings the values of First Tee’s programming to an elementary school that will introduce hundreds of kids for several years to First Tee in their PE classes in schools.
And we know First Tee Utah makes a difference in the kids’ lives. Independent research confirms that for kids who participate in First Tee programs for three years,
This is work worth doing. These are results worth investing in. Tearing down the walls in kids’ thinking and replacing them with character values and life skills to build a successful life on are worth all the time and effort and cost.
We can’t do it without you. We need your help.
We encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation to First Tee Utah today and know that you are making a difference in the lives of deserving Utah kids.
And as a special incentive to ACT NOW, in 2021 every donation up to $27,000 will be matched 100% by matching grant funds! Double your impact with a donation today that will positively impact the lives of Utah kids for years to come!
First Tee Utah is a tax-exempt public charity (federal tax ID #010584107). All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.