Do sports actually live up to the promise of teaching the participants lessons for life?

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“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.” -Billie Jean King.


“Sport teaches us development. It helps us learn things such as resilience, leadership, accountability, respect, and patience. Lessons that sports teach us can help us develop as players and all-around good people too.” – Dean Evans co-founder of The Football Centre.

Does Sports Really Build Character

It sounds good and it used to be true...however, these days it seems to be more the exception than the rule.   But there IS a program that delivers on values and it's called The First Tee of Central Washington.

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.


First Tee Backstory

Fourteeen years ago First Tee of Yakima began operating at two golf courses in Yakima.  An 18 hole, par 70 course at Suntides Golf Course and the 9 hole, par 3 Fisher Golf Course.

Jump ahead to the summer of 2019 and First Tee of Yakima expanded to include Kittitas and Chelan Counties. and became First Tee – Central Washington.

The expansion includes programing at Three Lakes Golf Club in Malaga, just outside of Wenatchee, Mount Adams Golf Course in Toppenish, and a three hole course at the SOZO Sports Complex in Yakima.

Get The Kids Involved

Program Mollie Thola says the program is open to youth ages 5 to 18, and First Tee provides all necessary equipment.  Full scholarships are also available for any child in need and summer sesion are about to get underway

For additional information about First Tee – Central Washington and our program locations, please call 509-949-6349, or email at

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