The First Tee’s Future Leaders Forum

Fifty young leaders from around the world will convene at the Walt Disney World Resort November 6-9, 2008, for the second annual Future Leaders Forum. Alliance partner The First Tee has joined with The Toro Company and Walt Disney World Resort to offer this innovative educational program and help students strengthen leadership skills, prepare for college, explore the many career disciplines in and outside the game of golf, and receive hands-on training to become effective leaders in their classrooms, communities, and careers.

At the Forum, students will learn from industry leaders about career opportunities in tournament operations, golf course management, and entertainment, among others. Students will participate in sessions hosted by the PGA of America, PGA TOUR Operations, and Nicklaus Companies, and experience what it takes to run a professional golf event when they shadow tournament staff at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. For many, the forum not only provides first-time access to a professional tournament, but also to some of the world’s most renowned golfers and golf industry leaders.

“The Future Leaders Forum is a unique learning experience for our participants,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., CEO of The First Tee. “This will give them the opportunity to explore various career opportunities within the golf industry and ultimately plan ahead for their future.”

The students, from 38 chapters of The First Tee, were selected through an essay competition and application process. Nominees wrote a 200-word essay about their career aspirations and post-high school plans, detailed their involvement in school and community activities, and submitted a letter of recommendation describing their leadership skills.

About The First Tee
The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 2.2 million participants and students in 48 states and four international locations. To learn more, visit