The First Tee Of Lake Erie

The First Tee of Lake Erie is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids across the region. Its mission is to positively impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Through after-school and in-school programs, The First Tee of Lake Erie helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing healthy habits and core values like integrity, respect and perseverance.


By The Numbers

First Tee of Lake Erie at a Glance:


total number of registered participants


25% female participation


24% minority participation 16% African American 6% Hispanic 2% Asian


Certified Coaches


Summer Program Locations


Assistant Coaches


Trained Volunteers

National School Program:


Enrolled Schools


Over 13,000 students go through program annually


Over 25 Physical Education teachers trained to deliver the curriculum

Our programs are built on the positive youth development framework to provide safe places, trained and caring adults, and developmentally appropriate and empowering curricula.

Local Drive Program:


Weekly Programming At The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo


Nearly 100 Kids Exposed to the game through drive at BGC Toledo


Almost 300 Kids exposed to the game through outreach programs & activities

Adam Reny

Executive Director The First Tee of Lake Erie & Ohio State Evans Scholar 

“The Youth Leadership Complex of Toledo will give our chapter the opportunity to provide the youth of Toledo a course and facility to call their own. We are excited to offer programming and employment opportunities above and beyond The First Tee curriculum. This space will ensure that every child in our community will have access to a safe, fun and educational space to better their lives and set themselves up for a successful transition into adulthood.

As I think about the life-changing opportunities this facility will offer countless youth in Toledo, I cannot help but think about the profound impact my 10 years caddying at Inverness Club had on me. I attribute the majority of good things in my life to the lessons I learned, people I met and the opportunities that came from my time spent walking those fairways. Those same opportunities and more will be replicated time and time again for others at the Youth Leadership Complex. I could not be more grateful to work alongside an incredible team of people who share these thoughts and understand the importance of working together to create something special.”