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Nicor Gas partners with The First Tee of Greater Chicago

Nicor Gas partners with The First Tee of Greater Chicago to provide students in public elementary schools in the Greater Chicago to receive The First Tee National School Program as part of physical education instruction.

The First Tee National School Program introduces students to the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values.

In 2011, the parent company of Southern Company Gas, Southern Company, committed to launching The First Tee National School Program at 1,000 schools over five years. In 2017, they committed to increasing that number to more than 1,200 schools. 

As part of that total commitment, The First Tee will implement the program in 56 public elementary schools in the Greater Chicago area, therein impacting more than 30,000 students through its partnership with Southern Company and Nicor Gas. Nationwide, more than 10,000 schools in 1,500 districts have signed on to deliver The First Tee National School Program. 

The First Tee

These Greater Chicago area public schools have implemented The First Tee National School Program in association with Nicor Gas, through an extension of the Southern Company’s long-standing relationship with the PGA TOUR. Southern Company is The First Tee’s Education Patron. 

"We are so grateful to Southern Company and Nicor Gas for their tremendous support of the National School Program. We take tremendous pride in the work we do each day, helping our local youth grow and develop. Southern Company’s generous investment allows us to positively impact so many more young people and build partnerships within supportive communities,” said Adam Murray, Director of Program Development, The First Tee of Greater Chicago. 

"Nicor Gas is committed to supporting the communities where we live and serve,” said Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas. “We are excited to partner with The First Tee, as well as the Chicago public school systems in an educational program that helps children build character and instills life enhancing values that strengthen the communities in which they live.” 

The Nine Core Values taught through The First Tee National School Program – honesty, judgment, integrity, respect and responsibility – are consistent with the principles that guide employees throughout the Southern Company system. Southern Company’s customer-focused business model is guided by SouthernStyle – the company’s value proposition that includes Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment. 

For more information about The First Tee National School Program, visit