Joe Louis Barrow, Jr.
As former chief executive officer, Mr. Barrow provided strategic direction and executive oversight for all activities of The First Tee. He joined The First Tee in 2000 and led the organization to introduce the game of golf and its values to young people across all 50 states and select international locations. Under Mr. Barrow’s leadership, The First Tee’s network of chapters grew substantially; the National School Program evolved from a pilot project to full implementation in thousands of elementary schools.
Mr. Barrow guided The First Tee in developing strategic partnerships that foster the organization’s progress in becoming a force for good in today’s society. He is an America’s Promise Alliance Trustee, and as such is leading The First Tee’s participation in the Alliance’s effort to improve the nation’s high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020.
Mr. Barrow received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.
In 2010, Mr. Barrow was awarded the Gold Tee, Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s highest award for outstanding leadership and achievements. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame, joining his father, Joe Louis, on the 25th anniversary of the same recognition.