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The Building Game Changers Fund provides general support so local youth can become challenge ready, career ready, and community ready through inherent values of golf.

Our kids and teens are facing challenges unseen by previous generations. Many lack access to safe opportunities that foster a culture of acceptance and provide mentorship. They live in a world where social pressures are always on, calm and confidence are hard to access, and perseverance is a required superpower every day. Young people are growing up in new environments that are demanding more from them, and therefore more from us. As a youth development organization, using golf as our vehicle, we exist to enable kids, through a variety of opportunities, to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges.

We create experiences that build game-changers through...

  • Financial Assistance supporting kids and families in economic need for practicing and playing golf.
  • Access to the game and its inherent values from physical education classes to the golf course.
  • A progressive curriculum that focuses on social and emotional learning objectives through activities that are developmentally appropriate, inclusive, diverse, and designed to meet kids where they are.
  • Equipment that fits each child and modernizes their experience by creating responsible, inclusive, and active exploration with the game.
  • Multi-level coach training programs that focus on research-proven methods of positive youth development, providing our coaches with tools to make kids feel safe, included and empowered.
  • An annual slate of advanced local, regional, and national participant opportunities that facilitate growth and inspire personal transformation.
  • A robust college scholarship program that provides tuition assistance, personal, and professional development, and mentorship for First Tee alumni.

Building Game Changers Fund Impact

  • Champion Level ($20,000) - Supports one golf and life skills season for 100 local youth.
  • Ace Level ($10,000) - Supports a year-round multi-level coach and mentor training program
  • Eagle Level ($5,000) - Supports an elementary school and its physical education teacher year-round.
  • Birdie Level ($2,500) - Supports 20 new local youth golfers in the summer putting league.
  • Par Level ($1,000) - Supports year-round access to golf and life skills experience programs for one child.
  • Caddie Level ($100) - Provides enrollment assistance for one child in a seasonal golf and life skills experience program.

Prefer to mail a check?

Make payable to First Tee - Virginia Blue Ridge and mail to 1 Boar's Head Place, Suite 120, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Considering a larger gift?

Please contact or (434) 987-0133 x101

Our Mission

First Tee provides transformational, educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Thank you for your support of that mission and your generous investment today.

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