Fulfilling Our Mission through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
First Tee was founded upon Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy & Judgment. In 2007, First Tee - Benton Harbor adopted a tenth Core Value: Inclusion. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are at the core of First Tee - Benton Harbor's identity and essential to our continued success as an organization. The purpose of increasing diversity is to ensure it is part of the fabric of our organizational culture in all aspects of the business. This is not a project, program or series of events, but an expression of who we are and an intentional process to ensure that our mission is fulfilled.
What is Diversity within First Tee - Benton Harbor?
Diversity is the variety of similar and different characteristics among people, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, thinking style, geography, socio-economic background and all other attributes that make each person unique.
Since our founding, First Tee - Benton Harbor has focused on increasing the participation of females and ethnic minorities in the game of golf through character education. This emphasis will continue and broaden to keep pace with changing demographics.
Why First Tee - Benton Harbor also supports an Inclusive Culture
Diverse participants throughout First Tee - Benton Harbor programs is a starting point but not the only desired outcome. The real impact comes when we create a culture of inclusion that is accepting of differences and open to new ideas that can boost creativity and innovation, respond to the needs of diverse communities and create a sustainable organization. Individuals who believe they are in a supportive and collaborative environment – and their voices are being heard – will increase their productivity and have a greater sense of loyalty to one another in common mission.
Kids and teens from all backgrounds represent 100% of our future. Making diversity, equity and inclusion a priority will drive the innovation and growth of First Tee - Benton Harbor for future sustainability and broader social change.