A Record Year: Thank You For Making Us One of the Best Chapters in the Country!

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Letter from Chairman Jack Vardaman


Friends and Supporters of The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC,

With the support and help of our incredible network, The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC received national recognition as one of the finest chapters in the country. Everyone, including our Board of Directors, our staff, our volunteers, our parents, our participants, and very importantly, our donors played an important role in helping us attain this outstanding achievement.  All of us at the Chapter thank you very much.

At this year’s The First Tee National Network Meeting in Orlando, our chapter was one of only nine to receive the “ACE” rating – the highest possible designation. Our Executive Director, Clint Sanchez was selected as one of only five Executive Directors from throughout the country to receive the Chairman’s Award – the highest individual honor for an executive within The First Tee Network.  Our Director of Programming, Katie Blodgett also received an award as a Recognized Coach of The First Tee.  Our Participant of the Year, Madison King was one of 28 high school students from across the country selected to attend The First Tee Outstanding Participant Summit in Orlando.  This is an extraordinary and well deserved honor for our Chapter and our staff.

(2017 Network Meeting in Orlando)

This year, we brought over 1,500 area young people of all backgrounds to the golf course – most of whom would never have played the game but for The First Tee. We reached over 120,000 kids through The First Tee National School Program, The First Tee DRIVE, and other outreach activities. All of our programming works to introduce these young people to the game of golf and instill in them The First Tee Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgment.

We are proud of the success of our chapter and the recognition of our staff.  We look forward to working with you to serve more area youth in 2018.

All the best for the Holidays and the New Year.


Jack Vardaman


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