About Us

The First Tee of Greater Seattle was formed in 2001 from a collaborative effort involving the Broadmoor Golf Club Foundation, The First Tee, the Board of Municipal Golf of Seattle and the City of Seattle. We became the 106th chapter of The First Tee on December 20, 2002. Our legal name is the Seattle Junior Golf Foundation, and we do business as The First Tee of Greater Seattle.

We began programming for 224 kids in 2003 at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle and, in 2004, we expanded to Jackson Park Golf Course, with an enrollment of 505. In 2005, we formed a partnership with the City of Bellevue to include Crossroads Par 3 Golf Course, and served a total of 676 kids.

Our annual membership now includes more than 1,600 participants at 5 golf facilities, including our two most recent additions: Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent and Willows Run Golf Complex in Redmond. We also serve nearly 70,000 students through Life Skills programs offered in public school physical education classes through The First Tee's National Schools Program.

Executive Director

Heidi Wills became our Executive Director in 2005. She is a Seattle native and has been a member of our Board of Directors since we were founded in 2001. Wills was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1999 and served a four-year term. Before her election, she was a senior aide to King County Executive Ron Sims. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she was student body president in 1991. Wills began playing golf at age 13 when she took lessons at a public course. Wills has a vision for The First Tee of Greater Seattle and our part in the community ...
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Measurable Impact

Our chapter participated in The First Tee’s “Impact Study” conducted in 2004 by the University of Nevada/Las Vegas which found after six weeks in the program, 74% of parents observed improvements in their children’s communication skills, 52% of parents noted an improvement in their children’s grades/attitudes toward school, 76% of parents saw improvements in their children’s level of confidence, and 74% of parents observed that their children behaved more responsibly.

Staff & Board of Directors

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The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits

Through a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children, The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people. The healthy habits are a list of nine health and wellness topics presented as a part of the National School Program and the Life Skills Experience, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and participants.
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Privacy Policy

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for The First Tee of Greater Seattle. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this web site.
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The First Tee At A Glance

Home Office Highlights

Our History

The First Tee has grown into a vibrant youth development organization reaching young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and other programming locations.
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Our Impact

How does The First Tee programs help young people?
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A Parent's Guide to The First Tee

What parents need to know about The First Tee and its programs.
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