The mission of Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego is to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf.
We aim to hook our kids on golf as a life-long amateur sport, teach them how the rules of the game can be applied to everyday life, and empower them to excel in school, develop successful careers, and become leaders in our community.
In 1994, former San Diego Charger Ernie Wright and a group of community leaders launched Pro Kids, with the idea that teaching underserved youth the game of golf could help them develop the character and life skills required to find success in school and in life. That year, a small group of kids participated in the program at Colina Park, a run-down golf course in City Heights, one of San Diego’s poorest and most challenged communities at the time. The program started with a small group of dedicated volunteers, including local golf professionals, and served as a model for the PGA’s The First Tee program (now an international organization). In 1998 we became a charter member of The First Tee, becoming Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego.
While our founder Ernie passed away in 2007, his passion for helping kids succeed in life continues at Pro Kids today. Since 1994, Pro Kids has enriched the lives of more than 18,000 youth.