USGA Awards Grant to First Tee of Greater Philadelphia for Local Youth Development Programs
USGA grant is part of a nationwide initiative to support communities in and around USGA Championships and Allied Golf Associations
Philadelphia, PA (8/12/19) – USGA has awarded a $5,000 grant to First Tee of Greater Philadelphia to further their efforts of introducing life skills and the game of golf to young people. The grant is one of 25 being awarded nationwide to chapters located in or around USGA Championships and Allied Golf Associations as part of the organization’s strategy to leave a positive impact on its local host communities.
The grants are a continuation of the support the USGA has provided First Tee for more than 20 years, and one of a series of initiatives in which the organizations have collaborated on in 2019.
The announcement was made at the USGA’s U.S. Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
“I’m proud to see our First Tee grant funding directly benefit those communities that welcome us throughout the year and embrace the spirit of what a USGA championship represents,” USGA CEO Mike Davis added. “We are committed to leaving our host communities in a better place than when we found them, and I’m excited to see the long-term impact these grants will have on welcoming more junior golfers to the game, and to inspire them to play it for a lifetime.”
The USGA has supported the First Tee since its inception in 1997, providing more than $26 million in grants to the organization. Their commitment to bringing more young people to the game was highlighted this past June during the 119th U.S. Open Championship, where the two organizations debuted the Junior Experience Featuring First Tee. The on-site interactive experience connected youth attending with the excitement and values associated with golf and First Tee programs offered throughout the country.