FIRST TEE GREATER DETROIT NAMES NEW CEO
DETROIT – November 18, 2021 – First Tee Greater Detroit, an initiative of The Children’s Foundation, announced today that Matt Kjorstad has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective October 25, 2021. Kjorstad will lead the organization and oversee its efforts to impact the lives of the young people of Detroit by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
“I am thrilled to be joining First Tee – Greater Detroit in the role of CEO,” stated Kjorstad. “I am proud to lead First Tee’s mission and vision in partnership with the entire Detroit golf community. The dedicated team of staff and coaches prioritize creating a space of belonging for every participant.” Kjorstad stated.
Kjorstad is an organizational leader who has a mission to create a culture of inclusion in every space that he leads. Prior to this role Kjorstad was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps and spent 25 years partnering with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and The Sanneh Foundation to serve communities and neighborhoods all over the state of Minnesota. Matt was named a Top 40 Under 40 in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal for his impact on thousands of young people and families.
“Matt’s leadership experience combined with his passion for golf and the desire to give back to the community are a great fit for First Tee – Greater Detroit,” shared Lawrence J. Burns, president & CEO of The Children’s Foundation and First Tee – Greater Detroit board chairman. “First Tee – Greater Detroit continues to grow its presence in southwest Michigan and Matt will play a significant role in future growth.”
First Tee – Greater Detroit has added 205 program participants in 2021 and now operates at nine locations in the region. The organization also continues growing its Board of Directors of whom are invested in the success of the program and its participants.
About First Tee – Greater Detroit (“First Tee”)
First Tee (www.firsttee.org) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth development organization under the umbrella of PGA TOUR, Inc. Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. First Tee – Greater Detroit, an affiliate of The Children’s Foundation, currently provides programming to more than 400 youth at nine locations in southwest Michigan. First Tee – Greater Detroit also supports programming at 40 schools serving 11,500 students in the region.
About The Children’s Foundation:
The Children’s Foundation, an independent community foundation for children, is the largest funder dedicated solely to advancing the health and wellness of children in the state of Michigan and beyond. Through fundraising, grant-making and advocacy The Children’s Foundation enables researchers and community organizations to identify and implement innovations capable of advancing children’s health and wellness. Since 2011, the Foundation has distributed more than 70 million dollars in grant funding to more than 130 partners throughout the state. Current initiatives of The Children’s Foundation include Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, The Jamie Daniels Foundation, First Tee – Greater Detroit, Detroit Excellent in Youth Arts and the Paul W. Smith Charities. Current areas of focus for the Foundation include mental health, nutritional wellness, abuse and neglect, oncology and cardiology research and injury prevention. Learn more at www.YourChildrensFoundation.org.