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Patron Benefits

Impact On and Off the Course

Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The values of integrity and sportsmanship are not always instilled in today’s youth. The acquisition of values is often a by-product of a series of complex processes that evolve from individuals’ experiences. First Tee Life Skills Experience teaches participants a set of skills that allow them to face challenges at home, school and play in a constructive manner. The goal is for participants to internalize the Nine Core Values, which are at the heart of First Tee’s mission.

Research shows that youth who participate in First Tee Life Skills Experience learn valuable life lessons, exhibit the Nine Core Values and transfer these skills and qualities to school, home, and other settings.

With all of the great golf facilities in the Triangle, we will look back a generation from now and realize that this project was the most important one.
Gary Williams, Golf Channel

Building Game Changers

Over 12,000 Children Served Since The First Tee Began


High School Graduation Rate For All Students Completing Our Program


Engaged in Community Service Outside of First Tee


Felt More Empowered


Reported High Confidence in Their Ability to Do Well Academically


Demonstrated Self-Improvement and Personal Transformation


Consider Themselves Lifelong Golfers

Center For Youth Development

For over 15 years, we have relied on the generosity of local golf facilities to provide space and access for program delivery. Additionally, we have also collaborated with other youth agencies and, most recently, the Wake County Public School System to deliver programs to captive audiences of participants. The vision for this project has allowed us to set aggressive goals to better serve our kids and families. With the support of our community, we will be able to bring the game and its inherent values to more kids and particularly those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to be involved in a program like ours. Thanks to our founding investors and the generosity of world- renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse, we are now poised to deliver on this once in a generation opportunity for our community!

Key Project Outcomes:

  • Increase participant enrollment and student retention rates
  • Create a safe haven and quality mentorship for the kids we serve
  • Provide programming to the children in our community who need it the most

Our Founding Investors

Naming Opportunities & Patron Benefits

In order for First Tee of the Triangle to positively impact young people, it takes coaches, staff, board members and donors being actively engaged in our mission and invested in our outcomes. Each has a vital role in our success and without your support, we will fail to achieve our goals.

Current Naming Opportunities

  • Center for Youth Development Campus — $2 million

  • Learning Center — $1 million

  • Par Three Course (generously secured by Peter Millar) — $ 500,000 Driving Range — $ 500,000

  • Scoreboard (generously secured by Blue Cross Blue Shield NC) — $500,000 Outdoor Education Space — $250,000

  • Indoor Education Space — $150,000

  • Holes (Four of Nine Available) — $75,000 each

Patron Benefits

  • Legacy Partner ($500,000+)

    • Dedicated signage at the Center for Youth Development related to the naming opportunity secured Name or logo prominently displayed on final road signage as a Legacy Partner
    • Mentioned in ALL locally created event/program and marketing information annually
    • All other sponsor benefits
  • Core Values Club Founding Member ($100,000 – $499,000)

    • Dedicated signage (if applicable) for reserved portion of the center
    • Exclusive Core Values Club Founding Member Gift at Grand Opening
    • All Core Values Club Membership Benefits
  • Ace Level Patron ($50,000 – $99,999)

  • Eagle Level Patron ($15,000 – $49,000)

  • Birdie Level Patron ($5,000 – $14,999)

    • Prominently displayed signage on First Tee of the Triangle’s Core Values Club Wall of Fame at the appropriate Patron Level
    • Monthly reserved access to golf facilities including the Peter Millar Par-3 Course, the driving range, and associated practice facilities for investors and their families
    • Invitation to the annual Core Values Club Par-3 Tournament
    • Greens fees waived for each member for the golf facility
    • Exclusive Core Values Club logoed First Tee apparel
  • Par Level Patron ($1,000 – $4,999)

    • Prominently displayed signage at the Center for Youth Development as a Par Level Sponsor
    • Discounts on all programs and services offered by First Tee of the Triangle at the Center for Youth Development


Legacy Partners


Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

McConnell Golf

Peter Millar

Core Values Club Founding Members

James and Connie Maynard Foundation

Freddie and Rachel Mills

Fielding and Kim Miller

North State Bank

Ace Level Patrons

Bob and Carol Hatley

Highwoods Properties

James and Mildred Wilkinson Foundation

Kane and Williams Brothers Realty

Eagle Level Patrons

Ted and Stephanie Klinck

Robert and Etta Long

Smedes York Family

Air Purification, Inc. 

Curi – a Medical Mutual Company

John and Debbie Day

Longleaf Law and Longleaf Manger

Edgewater Ventures

Alan and Laurie Hughes

Wales Family Foundation

Brad and Allison George

Jennings and Allison GLenn

John and Tracey Roos

Birdie Level Patrons

Andy and Julie Bilodeau

Brian and Kathy Sischo

Doug Baker

James and Julie Forrest

Sheldon and Deborah Fox

T.J. Wyman

SLI Capital

Julian and Beth Williamson

David and Donna Rhode

Dean Painter

Howie and Brug Jung

Bob and Lynn Scott

Steve and Lynn Ogburn

Par Level Patrons

Allen and Linda Jones

Jeff and Jodi Kleiber

Thomas Eller

Mark and Kelly Mulhern

Mark and Sarah Sims Chesson

Bryan Fox

Ed and Kathy White

Jordan Henningsen

PGA Tour Charities

Preston Development Company

Robert and Katharine Buhler

Capital Campaign Patrons

Tift Mann

Cherry Hill Baptist Church

Shirley Tyner

In-Kind Giving

Mills Construction

Hanse Golf Design

SPS Corporation 

Forrest Firm, P.C. 

Willard & Willard, LLP

Baering Group

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