first tee logoForrest Firm attorney and founder James Forrest recently agreed to join the board of directors of The First Tee of the Triangle, whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

“We are proud that James [Forrest] has chosen to serve The First Tee of the Triangle,” said Terry Butler, chairman of the board of The First Tee. “His depth of network in the business community, and passion for golf and kids made him an excellent candidate to serve with our organization.”

The First Tee of the Triangle strives to impact our community as the premier youth development organization of the Triangle. Through the experience it provides, participants learn to apply life skills and transfer the positive values of golf to everyday life. An independent research study confirmed that youth involved in The First Tee Life Skills Experience learn and use life skills on the golf course and transfer these skills to other areas of their lives. In fact, 100 percent of The First Tee participants interviewed said they transferred life skills learned at The First Tee to school.

“As an avid golfer and father of kids involved in sports, I know first-hand how the values and life lessons learned through sports can have a tremendous impact on a child’s life,” said Forrest. “The First Tee’s programs build character in our young people and shapes them into the kind of adults we want to have as leaders in our community. I am honored to serve on their board (and alongside their awesome staff!), and to be part of such a dedicated and excellent organization.”

The First Tee of the Triangle was founded in 2004 as The First Tee of Wake County by a group of influential community members who shared a vision of bringing the national The First Tee junior golf and life skills program to the Triangle community. After a few years of steady growth, The First Tee of the Triangle began to pilot outreach programs in both Durham and Orange Counties. Based on the interest of the community, the support of the golf facilities, and the impact on the young people who participate, these programs experienced tremendous success early on and continue to do so today.

Since its inception in 2004, The First Tee of the Triangle has served more than 6,000 children in their high-impact program, has worked with 45 local elementary schools, and has had the opportunity to reach more than 18,000 children in the community through collaborative relationships and single-day programs.

To learn more about The First Tee of the Triangle and its educational programs for young people, visit their website at