The Golf Channel Features Alum Sophia Pangallo and Her Six Siblings

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Through golf, Sophia Pangallo not only found an activity she can enjoy with her 6 siblings, she also discovered a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. After encouragement from her coach at The First Tee, she decided to pursue a degree in special education. She earned a full colle...

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Reflections from Our Graduates

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Graduation is a time of reflecting while looking ahead. We asked three of our graduates to share some their favorite lessons from The First Tee. Here are their thoughts: Khanh Nguyen Participant since 2012 Graduated from: Liberty High School Next steps: Khanh is headed to Seattle University to stu...

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The First Tee Helps Kai Pursue His Dream As a Chef

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Kai Rullan was one of the quieter students in his class at The First Tee but he took each lesson of his coaches to heart. Now four years after becoming an alumnus of the program, Kai is using the lessons he learned on the course to pursue his dream of becoming a trained chef. Kai recently …...

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The First Tee Puts Nic’s Career on Course

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For eighteen-year-old Nic Ross, science was not his favorite subject in school. In fact, it wasn’t even an area of interest. But the world of chemistry and biology was transformed for him after a day on the golf course. Last summer, Nic participated in The First Tee’s Careers on Course ...

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Reflections from The First Tee Junior Golf-A-Thon

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How many holes can you play in a day? Many of us can only dream of the answer to that question but 13-year-old McKenzie Enright knows the answer: 100. McKenzie competed in the The First Tee’s 1st Annual Junior Golf-A-Thon. She was relatively new to the game of golf but with her dad/caddy by he...

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Alumni Highlight: Lin Gable

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Lin Gable knows firsthand that The First Tee Nine Core Values are far more than tools to help her find the fairways and greens. For Lin, the lessons she has learned through The First Tee have helped her find her voice as a leader as well. Lin began with the program in 2010. In addition …...

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A Mom Making a Difference

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We know that mothers are super heroes. The hours are long and the job comes with its challenges. That’s why when moms like Becky Haldeman go above and beyond to support kids in their community, we are in awe. Becky serves as a Volunteer Coach in The First Tee classes at Jackson Park. After wat...

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Volunteer Highlight: Tom White

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Life often sends us quiet reminders that our time is precious. Three years ago, Tom White’s reminder came in the form of a diagnosis. Doctors told him he had brain cancer and that it was terminal. The first two years after his diagnosis were difficult. Treatments and doctors appointments le...

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Participant Khanh Nguyen Presents The First Tee at DECA Nationals

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Khanh Nguyen, 17, is no stranger to competition. As an ACE level participant at The First Tee, she knows how to use values like confidence and perseverance to keep her cool under pressure. But recently, Khanh has found the lessons of The First Tee helping her in competitions off the golf course as w...

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Tolt Middle School Visits The First Tee

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This week, 28 students from Tolt Middle School kicked off Masters Week with a field trip to Blue Heron Golf Course. The students were greeted by excited coaches from The First Tee and a host of activity stations around the course that gave them a chance to put their skills to the test. Whether on &h...

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