Gallagher’s contributions to First Tee build on a shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and support for empowering young people 

PONTE VEDRA, Florida and ROLLING MEADOWS, Illinois – First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf, and Gallagher, a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services, are launching a multi-year partnership.  

As a Trustee of First Tee, Gallagher’s investment will further First Tee’s ability to expand programs, especially in underserved and underrepresented chapter communities, as well as empower alumni as they pursue and grow in their careers.

“Gallagher is proud to get behind First Tee’s mission to empower children and teens through golf,” said Christopher Mead, Gallagher’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The partnership between our organizations shares The Gallagher Way core tenets of supporting, believing, acknowledging, and respecting the abilities of one another. We are excited to become a First Tee Trustee and continue putting those values into action.” 

The partnership is launching on the heels of First Tee – Greater Chicago’s Golf Day, a local event held at Gallagher Way adjacent to Wrigley Field. The community event provided kids and families the opportunity to experience golf and First Tee through fun, hands-on activities. First Tee – Greater Chicago will be one of several First Tee chapters to benefit from local grants provided by Gallagher.

This fall, First Tee will host an Alumni Summit presented by Gallagher in Dallas, Nov. 16-19. The Alumni Summit will bring together alumni from across the network to further their personal and professional development as they pursue their career goals and as they become leaders in their communities. Gallagher’s support will continue through 2026 with national and regional alumni opportunities happening annually. 

“With the support of partners like Gallagher, First Tee is able to further our programs that empower young people to have the self-confidence to take on new challenges and opportunities,” said Greg McLaughlin, First Tee CEO. “The impact of this partnership will be long lasting as we’re able to extend our support to alumni as well as reach more young people in chapter communities.”

Launching in 1997, First Tee is celebrating 25 years of enabling kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. 

These character education programs are offered at golf courses, schools and youth centers in all 50 states and at six international locations.

To learn more about First Tee, please visit


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