Wells Fargo DRIVE Grant Award

Categories: 2019, Current Newsletter, February, Newsletter

The First Tee of Silicon Valley received a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo to underwrite the cost of providing our DRIVE educational programs to 2 new Title I schools: Washington Elementary and Cesar Chavez Elementary Schools in San Jose. Denise Miles, Sr. VP of Community Relations said, “Wells Fargo’s long-term success is directly linked to the success of our customers and the communities we serve. We want to contribute to the revitalization of low to moderate communities and recognize the impact The First Tee of Silicon Valley youth development program has on under-served students.”

The DRIVE (Develops Rewarding Inspiring Values for Everyone) program builds character and instills life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The First Tee works with experts in a variety of fields to help instructors deliver programs that seamlessly weave golf and character-building activities into each lesson. We train PE teachers and after-school instructors to follow a philosophy centered on positively reinforcing students’ actions to ensure a great experience. Our youth program provides basic information on learning the game of golf as a lifelong health and fitness activity while each lesson emphasizes skills, concepts, healthy habits, and one or more of The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.

The First Tee of Silicon Valley, a non-profit public benefit organization, is committed to reaching youth who have the greatest opportunity to benefit from our program. Thank you to Wells Fargo for under-writing the cost of DRIVE training, curriculum and developmentally appropriate SNAG® golf equipment which includes oversized clubs, tennis-style balls, and a variety of targets.

Denise Miles, Wells Fargo check presentation at Washington Elementary
Drive Class at Washington Elementary