Our participants often play at other golf courses in The First Tee or other organized events (Metro Tour events, MAPGA or other junior tournaments), or in events like Drive, Chip and Putt© Competitions where the appearance of our First Tee logo worn by our best possible advertisements–our participants–has the potential to broaden interest in The First Tee of Howard County. Today, there are still many adults who have no idea what First Tee is, how it differs from other youth sports organizations, or even how it is markedly different from other junior golf programs. The appearance of our participants in brightly colored, neat First Tee polos is likely to capture these adults’ attention, perhaps lead to greater interest, and help us grow the game of golf.
As a 501(c)3 organization, we work to keep fees low in order to allow maximum participation in our programs without the expenses that come with other youth sports programs. We also offer tuition relief where needed, unlike most other golf programs. Actually, our registration fees amount to about $7 per hour for the average First Tee participant. Out of that, we purchase needed text books, shirts, hats, and training equipment for our participants, among other costs. To keep costs down, we have been relying on t-shirts, which run around $4-$7 each.
We are planning a change in our uniform requirements for the coming year (2019) beginning with the spring session, and we need your help! If you know a company interested in helping us make our participants look and feel great in new shirts, and get our brand out, we would be happy to have your sponsorship!
We would need to place our shirt order by mid-February in order to put our Birdie and higher kids (11-17 year olds) in royal blue collared polo shirts with coordinated hats. We would embroider a sponsor logo on the sleeve of each polo shirt, in addition to The First Tee of Howard County logo on the left breast.
This initiative would require approximately 250 shirts per year, at a probable cost of $4,000 to $6,000 per year, depending on shirt and embroidery cost. We plan to continue with cotton t-shirts for the younger participants.
While the t-shirts are fine for our younger kids, our older participants should dress appropriately here and at courses where t-shirts are not appropriate attire. Costs for collared shirts however, even for reasonably priced polos in a modern fabric with embroidered First Tee of Howard County logo will run $20-$30 based on prices we have solicited. Without a sponsor, we will not be able to absorb this cost.
So, if you are interested in becoming or know of a potential shirt sponsor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office at 410-730-1114. We thank you for your consideration.