The First Tee ® of East Lake is a year-round golf instruction and mentoring program managed by the East Lake Foundation that uses the principles of golf including, discipline, hard work, sportsmanship and integrity to enhance academic achievement and life skills of youth in Atlanta’s East Lake and Kirkwood neighborhoods. Golf instruction also provides access to college scholarships, business connections and employment. Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. 

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation, and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for youth.

PHYSICAL

ENERGY
It is important to understand and make healthy choices about when to eat, how much to eat, and the types of food and drinks to provide the body with the most useful energy.

PLAY
A variety of energizing play can help the body stay strong, lean and fit, and be fun in the process. Sleep and other forms of “re-charging” allow one to engage in play on a daily basis.

SAFETY
Physical safety includes playing in a safe environment and by the rules, protecting the body with proper equipment, warm-up and cool-down and wearing sun protection. EMOTION

EMOTIONAL

VISION
In order to make the most of one’s unique gifts—talents, characteristics and abilities — an individual needs to learn from the past, value the present, create their vision and future to ultimately “leave a footprint.”

MIND
The mind is a powerful tool for health. One’s mind influences his/her emotions and behaviors and can be utilized for self-improvement, building confidence and maintaining perspective.

FAMILY
When family members participate in activities together – share meals, communicate and establish roles and responsibilities – they are more likely to be successful in achieving their health-related goals.

SOCIAL

FRIENDS
Maintaining healthy relationships includes surrounding one’s self with friends and supportive people, while effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying and navigating the digital age with social media.

SCHOOL
Success in school – learning, building relationships and contributing to the school environment – leads to success in other areas of life.

COMMUNITY
Like the health of one’s body, it is important to also explore the health of one’s community and discover how one can give back and care for its environment and safety.


2016 Impact

  • 950 participants
  • 4 of 4 seniors awarded scholarships, golf and academic