About Us

We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.


Mission Statement

To impact the lives of young people in the Greater Kansas City area by providing learning opportunities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

What is First Tee Greater Kansas City?

First Tee Greater Kansas City is a youth development organization teaching young people positive values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and confidence while using the game of golf as a tool. First Tee lessons are taught at six area learning centers and through in-school programs.

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Our History

Convinced that golf is more than just a game and that its inherent nature can significantly influence youngsters in their character development, Al Hoffman founded the Junior Golf Foundation of Greater Kansas City November 6, 1989. Originally known as the Kansas City Golf Foundation, it is a Missouri not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation.

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Meet our Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Meet our team