National School Program

The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes.  Currently introduced to more than 5300 elementary schools across the US, the national school program creates an environment where young people are introduced to the lifelong sport of golf, while learning basic motor skills and the inherent values of the game.

Program Objectives

  • Provide a complete golf program appropriate for today’s elementary school physical education students and teachers.
  • Enable physical educators to introduce golf consistent with national standards developed by NASPE.
  • Develop student appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with the game of golf.
  • Engage students in daily lesson activities that lead to motor skill development.
  • Present golf to students as a lifelong recreation and physical fitness activity.


A safe, effective school program requires modified equipment that fits movement and muscle coordination typical with that of beginners.  Early success and fun are the keys to creating interest for the game.  This can be best accomplished by maintaining the attention of the learners during each session without causing high levels of frustration.

The equipment utilized as part of The First Tee National School Program is SNAG, Starting New At Golf.  SNAG equipment is modified and developmentally appropriate golf equipment consisting of over-sized clubs, tennis-style balls and a variety of targets.  Each school set contains enough equipment to work with up to 48 students at a time.

Interested?  Want to Bring NSP to your school?

Become a vital supporter of The First Tee of Omaha’s mission by bringing this program to your school or even sponsoring a specific elementary school.  The First Tee National School program provides participating schools with developmentally appropriate golf equipment, The National School Program Curriculum and training for the physical educators implementing the program at each school site.

Saint Margaret Mary To Launch National School Program in 2016-2017 School Year!

Saint Margaret Mary Catholic School will be launching The First Tee’s National School Program in the 2016-2017 school year. Physical education instructors at the school will have access to training and resources, while getting familiar with the Golf and Life Skills curriculum and modified golf equipment package. The National School Program is a SHAPE certified program that is used by thousands of elementary schools and middle schools across the US.


Spring Lake Magnet Elementary to offer The First Tee National School Program starting in the fall of 2015!

Spring Lake Magnet Elementary School will be offering The First Tee’s National School Program as part of their physical education curriculum.  This pilot program is being made possible through collaborative efforts of The First Tee of Omaha and Spring Lake staff.  Grant monies from The First Tee home office and the Omaha School Foundation will offset the upfront costs involved with launching this pilot project.  The First Tee National School program is a nationally acclaimed program utilized by elementary and middle schools located across the United States.


National School Program to reach 3 million kids!

The First Tee National School Program continues to grow. Almost three million elementary school students across the country will be learning about the game of life through golf during physical education classes. There are more than 5,800 schools throughout the country delivering The First Tee National School Program, which engages students in a structured golf curriculum that promotes personal character development and healthy choices.