The First Tee

of Lehigh Valley and Berks

The mission statement of The First Tee of Lehigh Valley and Berks is to impact the lives of young people of diverse backgrounds by providing life skills education as part of golf instruction that promotes positive values, physical skills and sportsmanship.  Our vision is to teach The First Tee Nine Core Values™; providing the vehicle through which kids can accomplish their dreams, thrive socially, excel academically and athletically, and become productive members of society with integrity, strong family values and commitment to community.


Please see an important update on the First Tee of the Lehigh Valley
and Berks from Executive Director Fred Keller

Dear Friends of The First Tee of Lehigh Valley & Berks,

As 2018 draws to a close, we can look back on many positive developments that our chapter experienced. You will recall that earlier this year we changed the name of our organization from Embrace Your Dreams to The First Tee of Lehigh Valley & Berks to reflect our change in mission; to teach life skills and core values, and build self-esteem and self-discipline through the game of golf.

This change has enabled our entire organization to be singular focused, and we strongly believe we offered the best set of golf programs, both during the school year and summer, in our history. We had nearly 400 participants in summer golf programs at 8 locations in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties, as well as in after-school programs in the spring and fall at a variety of area elementary schools.

We are proud of the strides we see our participants make as golfers, and most importantly, as young people. One of our participants commented :

“Experiences with children who have no knowledge of the game of golf have widened my perspective and helped me realize the special way that golf shows us real life lessons. Also, my confidence has improved since being able to speak about Player-Coach activities in front of The First Tee supporters at various events” Mitchell,17

If you were able to attend one of our events during the past year, perhaps you also heard from Emma, or AJ, or Ben or others who all spoke about the positive impact our programs have made on them.

In 2019 we hope to be able to offer these programs to more participants, both during the school year and summer. So, we once again ask for your support- our ability to change the lives of area youth is dependent on your contribution. Remember, every $100 donated provides a child with 20 hours of summer golf instruction. It provides access to our programs for children who would otherwise not be able to attend.

Please donate generously by filling out the enclosed envelope, or online at (orange donate tab on top right of page)

Thank you for your support of The First Tee of Lehigh Valley & Berks, and for your belief in our mission.

Best wishes to you and yours for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season.

Fred Keller
Executive Director

Ray Dandrea
Program Director

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Nine Core Values

Why is golf different from other sports?

Players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. By participating in The First Tee, youth are introduced to Nine Core Values which are incorporated throughout the program.

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More than a game

85% of alumni say The First Tee helped them become a better student.

At The First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. And it’s making a difference. Our programs are positively impacting youth, their families and their communities.


Getting started

Who can play?

The First Tee offers group lessons to youth up to age 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Our coaches are trained to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience. All we ask is young people come with an open mind and positive attitude.

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Golfers for Life

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The First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

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Founding Partners

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