Our chapter was founded in the summer of 2012. We currently conduct programming in partnership with many youth development organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, the Pace Center and the East Stuart Community Center. We have over 300 students in our Life Skills program. The First Tee National School Program is being implemented in twelve Treasure Coast elementary schools for over 5,000 students. We also offer Saturday and summer camp programs at Hammock Creek Golf Club, The Saints Golf Course, The Champions Club, Martin County GC, The Evergreen Club, Indian Hills and the PGA Learning Center. Many area private clubs also host our after school outreach programming.
The creation of The First Tee of The Treasure Coast has been made possible by the contributions of a remarkable family to American business and philanthropy. Roy A Hunt worked his way up in the early 1900’s from a mill clerk to Chairman and President of Alcoa Aluminum, the company founded by his father Alfred in 1888. The Roy A Hunt Foundation traces its roots to 1951, when Roy and his wife Rachel, established a family foundation in Pittsburgh, PA to support organizations that strive to improve the quality of life. In 1996, the Foundation set up three special initiatives one being youth development. Today, the Foundation includes three generations of Hunt family members who live all over the country and meet twice a year to make grants to worthy non-profit organizations.
Andrew Hunt, a Treasure Coast resident, and chairman of the Roy A Hunt Foundation’s Youth Development Initiative has sponsored several grants to many youth development organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. As an advocate for youth development and as an avid golfer since childhood, Andrew has looked for ways to connect youth with golf. “After an evaluation of junior golf programs, it became clear that The First Tee is a perfect fit for the Treasure Coast,” said Andrew. “The First Tee offers a lot more than learning golf as character building, core values and healthy habits are essential elements of the program.”
In May 2012, Andrew attended a private breakfast meeting at The Breakers Resort with President George W. Bush, The Honorary Chairman of The First Tee and consequently accepted the invitation to become a Trustee. “Having a new Trustee involved in launching The First Tee of The Treasure Coast is an incredible accomplishment” said Joe Louis Barrow Jr., Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee. “Andrew’s commitment is vital to The Campaign for 10 Million Young People and also accelerates our impact and presence in the Treasure Coast region.”
Andrew has joined The First Tee Treasure Coast’s Council of Directors and will serve as Chairman of the chapter. At an event supporting our chapter at The Bear’s Club, Jack Nicklaus, also a Trustee of The First Tee, spent time meeting Andrew and welcoming him as a new Trustee. Bringing new Trustees to The First Tee is a very important endeavor for The Campaign for 10 Million Young People as we seek to raise funds that will expand the reach of our character education and life skills programs to help young people prepare for success in high school, college and life.