The First Tee Of Sarasota Manatee
8586 Potter Park Drive
Suite 115
Sarasota FL 34238
The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee Mission is to 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. Our program is open to all students in Sarasota and Manatee counties ages 4-18, regardless of their ability to pay, their fitness level, or their gender.
CEO/Executive Director Lexi McKenney
Board Chair Nick DeVito
Board Chair Affiliation Ian-Black Real Estate
General Info
Organization DBA
The First Tee of Sarasota Manatee
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1992
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS-Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement
Needs Statement

1.)   Website Upgrade: All of The First Tee chapters use Blackbaud. Yearly website cost  $750.00 

2.)   School Program Equipment: We operate an in-school program that introduces the school children to the game of golf and the First Tee’s life skill program. We provide this to the schools at no cost to the school or the district. Each school we add to this program costs us $3,250. It does however serve the school children for many years to come. Some schools have the ability to raise money to help offset this cost but sadly most do not. Can you help?


3.)   Logo Gear: We would like to provide our participants with rewards for their accomplishments like shirts and hats. In recent years this has been beyond our means. A gift of $500.00 or more will get us started.   

4.)   Volunteers: We appreciate the help we get from volunteers and we can use more. Each volunteer goes through a background check and training that costs our chapter $100 per person.  We are also looking for a part time Volunteer Cordinator .

5.)      Marketing: We need help from one or more marketing pros.  We need to purchase marketing gear. We would like to do public service announcements, videos, print advertising, Tear Drop Flags with our Nine Core Values & yard signs.  Your $3500.00 gift would go along way to help us out. 

Background Statement

The First Tee is more than a sports program for youth.  At The First Tee, we believe all young people should have access to safe places and caring adults who help them grow socially, emotionally and academically.  

While teaching the fundamentals of a golf swing, our character education programs provide a fun, active environment for young people on the course, in schools and at youth center.  
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee, a 501(c)(3), has grown its network to deliver programs in all 50 United Sates and select international locations.  In 2016, The First Tee brought character education through the game of golf to more than 5.3 million young people.  The First Tee's Founding Partners are the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA Tour and the USGA.  Shell Oil Company is The First Tee's Founding Corporate Partner, Johnson & Johnson its Legacy Partner and Southern Company its Education Patron.  President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments The First Tee of Sarasota Manatee serves all towns, cities, neighborhoods, schools, churches within the Manatee and Sarasota County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I was asked in 2006 to come to a fund raising event for The First Tee. I heard an eighteen year old at that time come up and speak in front of a crowd of hundreds of people. Her personal journey was touching. She was disrespectful, not doing well in school and was about to be another statistic. The First Tee through its programming and teaching got her on track and focused to where she received multiple scholarships to college. Afterwards I was introduced to her father and was able to speak to him about his daughter’s transformation. All choked up he could not say enough about how it had transformed his daughter into a respectful caring young woman. Raising five children here in Sarasota I wanted to make sure that my kids did not fall into the traps and black holes that exist for children today. One in four children drop out of school, childhood obesity is on the rise and one in three children say they lack adult role models.


I grew up in Sarasota, specifically at Forest Lakes Country Club Hole #5.  Forest Lakes was very kid friendly back then, and after hours, we had the opportunity to go and play the course or practice, as long as we took care of the course as if it were our own, and kept an eye on other players coming up from behind. Sarasota had numerous courses that your parents could go and drop you off without needing to be watched. Local professionals would encourage younger players to play or practice at the facilities, knowing that in the end, they would eventually become new customers. Now many courses have turned private and the gates have shut. Club members and owners do not have the open doors now that I experienced. Over the years I have seen many of the courses I played close up. Forest Lakes, Foxfire and Sunrise just to name a few. These public courses allowed kids the opportunity to come practice and play without feeling like an outcast.   The rules and values are part of what I have learned playing golf growing up and is exactly what The First Tee teaches. Our Nine Core Values; Honesty, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Sportsmanship, Confidence, Judgment, Courtesy and Responsibility is the cornerstone to our mission. That mission is to 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. A few years ago The First Tee incorporated The Nine Healthy Habits. This was a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for young people. Today our Chapter reaches out to children in elementary and middle school, whether they are public or private, through our National School Program. This is a way to get our message out to young people and introduce them to the game of golf. 


Part of the challenge in raising money for our Chapter is the misconception that we teach golf. We introduce the game of golf and teach the Nine Core Values through the game. There are numerous non-profit’s here locally, and every one of them has a challenge to raise money


The First Tee's programs are designed around teaching young people the game of golf, as well as helping them understand and ultimately develop The First Tee Nine Core Values (TM): honesty, integrity,sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  The First Tee curriculum was developed by experts in the field of positvie youth development through sport and it delivered by caring adults (coaches) who have been trained by The First Tee. 
At The First Tee, golf and life lessons are seamlessly incorporated into each experience.  In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, a sample of life skills lessons include:
A) Interpersonal Skills: proper introduction when meeting someone new and how to effectively communicate with others.
B)  Self-Management:  Techniques for managing thoughts and emotions.
C)  Goal-Setting:  Setting attainable goals to reach desired dreams.
D)  Resiliency Skills: Strategies to adapt, to manage and overcome challenges.
Budget $0
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success   On the first day of class at The First Tee of Sarasota Manatee you learn to introduce yourself, look the person in the eyes and ask an open ended questions.  They learn when they enter into a building that gentlemen remove their hats and hold the doors for others. By the end of their first 9 week session they are confident and proud and now how to present them self as a well established person.
Long Term Success
Independent research confirms The First Tee's ability to instill life skills and core values in youth participating programs delivered through its chapters. 
 Highlights from the study include: 
A)  School was unanimously identified as a setting in which participants transferred life skills.
 B)  73% reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically.
 C)  82% felt confident in their social skills with peers.
D)  78% described their ability to transfer life skills through specific examples and stories
E)  57% credited The First Tee for their meeting and greeting skills
F)  52 % credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.
Program Success Monitoring The First Tee participants were compared to youth in after-school activities without a life skills curriculum.  The First Tee youth scored higher than the comparison group on use of general life skills including goal-setting, taking initiative and managing their emotions, as well as on most measures of transferring life skills and demonstrating positive character traits.
Program Success Examples
Transferring Skills From The Course To Life: Youth credited The First Tee for their ability to transfer many of the life skills they learned in golf to school and other areas of their lives.  Managing emotions, setting goals and resolving conflicts were skills The First Tee participants continued to transfer by, for example, staying positive when frustrated with homework, setting goals to get better grades and looking for solutions to problems with friends.
 57% of youth surveyed across three years credited The First Tee for their meeting and greeting skills, and 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity. 
Description LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a developmental junior golf program for girls ages 5-17, was formed to create a network for girls to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a positive and supportive learning environment. The only national initiative of its kind just for girls, the program provides the opportunity to achieve success, progress in golf and establish a life-long interest the game. Helps juniors develop self esteem.Provides opportunities and grants responsibilities to girls.Provides an incentive to continue to progress and improve in the gameCreates a network in which girls feel comfortable in the golf environment.Because it is fun, girls learn to appreciate and love a game they can enjoy throughout their lives.
Budget $3,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females
Short Term Success This will be our 4th year having a girls only golf camp during the summer months.  We have 2 weeks, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.  They learn the game of golf, swim, 1 hour p/day of fitness, arts and crafts.  Every year we have girls that attend the 1st week signup again for the 2nd.
Long Term Success On average, more than 40 percent of girls drop out of sports by the age of 14 years old. Participating in sports is crucial for helping girls develop positive self-esteem and confidence. Research has found that girls reap the biggest rewards when learning in all-girl environments – allowing them to feel more comfortable learning the game in a setting where they are free to be themselves.LPGA-USGA Girls Golf has also developed a curriculum that utilizes proven success strategies for attracting and retaining girls in the game of golf by incorporating fun and engaging instruction and social activities both on and off the golf course.
Program Success Monitoring The end of each week we have a survey handed out to parents to fill out.  We do a good, better, how.
Program Success Examples Every summer we have more girls signing up. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lexi McKenney
CEO Term Start 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Kim Weinberg -
David Windsor -
Senior Staff
Katie McKenney Coach
Dave Wall Coach
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 21
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Nick DeVito
Company Affiliation Ian-Black Real Estate
Board Term Oct 2012 to Oct 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Matthew Arcari SRQ Branch MB Mortgage
Nick DeVito Ian Black
Veronica Johnson School Teacher
Mike Johnson Lakewood Ranch Golf & C.C.
Scott Lamoureaux General Manager Esplanade Golf and Country Club
Mike McClellan IMG
Dennis Murphy Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida
Mike Ohlman Raymond James; Senior Vice President, Investments
Fred Pupke Moneyshow
Steve Slocum GolfWeek
Jon Whittemore Golf Course Owner
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 58
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $188,986.00
Projected Expenses $166,658.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$68,769$77,902$72,204
Administration Expense$84,788$100,583$56,569
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.890.931.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses45%44%56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$62,923$79,833$93,818
Current Assets$62,523$79,433$93,818
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$365$251$887
Total Net Assets$62,558$79,582$92,931
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $67,217Program Service Revenue $77,137Fundraising $68,447
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $42,465Fundraising $64,387Program Service Revenue $64,901
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $26,951Contributions, gifts, grants $23,219Contributions, gifts, grants $26,250
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities171.30316.47105.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990. Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit The First Tee Of Sarasota Manatee
Address 8586 Potter Park Drive
Suite 115
Sarasota, FL 34238
Phone 941 993-0046