Sage Valley is synonymous with hospitality and generosity, virtues that the Junior Invitational has fully adopted. Players and their families are hosted at the club throughout the week and the gates are opened to spectators, giving the public a rare look at one of the country's most well-respected private golf clubs. But we are most proud of our philanthropic efforts and grateful to the generous sponsors whose commitment has allowed the Junior Invitational to donate more than $1 million to The First Tee chapters in Aiken, S.C. and Augusta, GA. In 2015, the SVJI Sports Foundation was created to oversee the event and its charitable giving.
THE FIRST TEE
Research shows that participation in the game of golf teaches children core values such as responsibility, honesty, integrity, respect, confidence, sportsmanship, perseverance, courtesy and judgment, which can be transferred from the golf course to everyday life at home and in business. The mission of the Junior Invitational is to not only provide a world-class event, but also to promote these values as ways to prepare children and teach adults how to participate fully and responsibly in all of life's activities.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has been dedicated to introducing young people of all backgrounds to the game of golf and its inherently positive values. The First Tee is committed to utilizing this platform as an instrument to impart meaningful and lasting life lessons to participants and students that are then transferred to family, schools, jobs and to exploring career aspirations. By combining life skills with golf skills, The First Tee is demonstrating what many of us have known for years: Golf is more than a game, and the values one learns through golf can help individuals achieve in life.