First Tee – Minnesota: Revitalizing and Expanding First Tee’s Presence in Minnesota

Jim Triggs is appointed as the chapter’s first CEO

MINNEAPOLIS – MAY 14, 2020 – First Tee – Minnesota announced that Jim Triggs has been appointed CEO, effective April 19, 2021. Triggs will lead the revitalized organization and oversee all planning, programming and philanthropic efforts as the chapter will expand its reach and impact to all young people in the in the neighborhoods of the Twin Cities and communities throughout Minnesota.

Triggs joins First Tee following a successful career as a senior-level executive and entrepreneur in the technology sector and, more recently, in the nonprofit space as executive director of the Heritage Program at Saint John’s University.  For the past 13 years, Triggs led a team at Saint John’s that collaborated with donors and other nonprofits from around the world that supported the Heritage Program.

According to Jeremy Diebling, President of the First Tee – Minnesota Board of Directors, Triggs was chosen because the newly formed chapter needed an executive with both a passion for First Tee’s mission and the requisite management and nonprofit skills to develop new partnerships and funding channels to reach more Minnesota kids.

“Over the past year, the children in our communities have endured a tremendous amount; be that from the effects of the pandemic or the social injustice in our society today.  With Jim’s leadership, I am confident that First Tee – Minnesota can significantly increase our contributions to the youth of our community by giving them opportunities to learn life-changing skills through the game of golf.   First Tee has delivered positive impact on youth in the Twin Cities and we see a significant opportunity to reach more kids and more communities throughout the state”.

For Triggs, the appeal of First Tee was clear from the start.

“What I love most about First Tee is its purpose: ‘To help kids build inner-strength, self-confidence, and resilience through the game of golf.’ Never has our community had a bigger need for these life-skills. I feel fortunate because the team I am joining led by Brian Simpson is already delivering  quality, impactful programs with measurable outcomes. Our vision is to expand these programs so that every parent in the state—regardless of means—can enroll their child in a First Tee program.

About First Tee – Minnesota

First Tee ( is a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth development organization. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, its purpose is to create active learning experiences that build inner strength.  First Tee – Minnesota’s provides learning experiences at over 40 golf courses in the State of Minnesota plus outreach programs at 30 elementary schools and 30 recreations centers. First Tee – Minnesota was formerly known as First Tee – Twin Cities.

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