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A Letter from our Executive Director

Friends and Supporters of Embrace Your Dreams,

As we move forward into 2018 there have been many exciting things happening within our organization, and I would like to give all of you an update on these, as well as a view on what the future holds.

This past year we served over 400 participants in our golf and tennis programs at various locations throughout Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks Counties. In analyzing all of these programs, we once again found that a vast majority of the participants were in golf with a relatively small number in tennis. Of the golf participants, a little over half are in Berks County, and the remainder in the Lehigh Valley, where the number is growing rapidly.

After much discussion and review on this, the Board of Directors recently unanimously voted to concentrate our future activities solely on golf, and also change the name of the organization to reflect this singular focus. Our mission remains the same- to teach area youth life skills and core values – we will now do this through the game of golf only. The feeling of the Board is that we can better serve the entire 3 county area, and encourage more youth to participate in our programs, by narrowing the focus to golf.

So, effective immediately, the organization will now be called The First Tee of Lehigh Valley & Berks. This change will allow us to capitalize on the already well-known nationally recognized brand of  “The First Tee”. This summer, we will offer our golf programs at 8 locations: Bethlehem Municipal, Allentown Municipal, Marvine Center, Manor Golf Club, Sittler Golf Center, Steel Club, and 2 new locations- Riverview Country Club in Easton and Olde Homestead Golf Club in New Tripoli. We have added new coaches to these programs and look forward to serving a record number of participants.

We hope you are as excited about these changes as we are. The Board of Directors now has 13 dedicated and fully engaged volunteer members. We have many great events planned for this year, including the Fuller Family Golf Tournament at Brookside on June 4th, and the Summer Golf Tournament at Berkleigh on August 17th. Please visit The First Tee Lehigh Valley site for more info.

We look forward to serving area youth this year and beyond, and can only do so with your continued support. Please feel free to reach out to me, or any of our Board and staff with any support you can provide.

With Best Regards,
Fred Keller
Executive Director