First Tee & Southern Company presents ‘Game Changers Pavilion’ at TOUR Championship

by | Aug 23, 2021 | Golf Apparel

Children and families invited to the SO COOL Zone by Southern Company from September 1-5 for interactive experiences inspired by First Tee’s mission

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida & ATLANTA, Georgia (August 17, 2021) – The First Tee Game Changers Pavilion, an interactive experience inspired by First Tee’s mission to empower young people to become game changers in their communities, will be on the TOUR 2021 debut championship, 1st-5th September, in the SO COOL Zone of the Southern Company.

The First Tee Game Changers Pavilion is made possible by Southern Company, the Education Patron of First Tee, who has been helping to expand the First Tee School Program to communities across the country since 2012.

The 1,200-square-foot, air-conditioned space will bring to life what it means to be a game changer, and connect the youngsters participating in the tournament with the excitement and personal influence that comes with golf and golf courses across the country First tea programs are linked.

Highlights of the immersive experience include an Aim for Greatness digital video board and Make an Impact wall of paint, which provide practical ways to swing a golf club in an environment that allows children to take on challenges and work together to achieve something create beautiful.

Attendees can also snap a photo in a life-size replica of the First Tee logo. The logo, a metaphor for growth advice, encourages visitors to think about role models who played an important role in their growth path and tag them on their social media posts. Children are invited to round off their visit with a SO COOL snow cone. Daily competitions with prizes such as golf clothing and junior golf sets from First Tee partners such as Adidas Golf, Bridgestone Golf, FootJoy and GolfGen are raffled off daily.

“We look forward to welcoming children and families to the Game Changers Pavilion to experience what it means to be a game changer and how we empower youth through golf,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO of First Tee. “Thanks to the support of our long-term partner Southern Company, we are pleased to present the First Tee on a national stage like the TOUR Championship.”

As the tournament welcomes fans back to East Lake Golf Club this year, the TOUR Championship has reintroduced its Youth Ticket Program, which allows two (2) youths under the age of 15 per adult ticket to enter the PGA for free TOURS to receive The best players compete for the FedExCup.

On Thursday morning of the tournament, the HOPE Tee Shot honors two First Tee – Metro Atlanta participants – Marcus Leonard and Tatum Thompson – in a special ceremony on the first tee, just minutes before the first tee of the TOUR championship. The tee is a symbol and reminder of the hope that continues to grow throughout the East Lake community as a result of the East Lake Foundation’s revitalization efforts.

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About the PGA TOUR First Tee Foundation (“First Tee”)

First Tee ( is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit youth development organization supported by the PGA TOUR. Her mission is to influence the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and teach life-enhancing values ​​through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, First Tee has reached more than 3.6 million young people annually through its chapter network, schools and youth centers. Headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA, programs are run in all 50 United States and select international locations. President George W. Bush serves as honorary chairman.