Golf is the hook; education is the payoff
Pro Kids is MORE THAN A SPORTS PROGRAM FOR KIDS & TEENS
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 First Tee program (now an international organization). In 1998 we became a charter member of The First Tee, becoming Pro Kids | 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, we have seen over 25,000 kids transform through the values intrinsic to the game of golf—honesty, confidence, and respect.