Nearly 100 junior golfers from The First Tee attend the Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills and Leadership Academy each year. Teen participants have the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools, and communities while experiencing championship golf, career exploration, and dorm living.

In November 2017, the Academy was renamed to the Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy. The endowment was made to honor his retirement and commitment to positively impacting young people during the last 18 years as CEO of The First Tee.

Over the past decade The First Tee of Lake County has had over 10 participants selected to attend this academy.
Participant City Year
Steve Outlaw Manhattan, KS 2003
Arlen Sims Manhattan, KS 2010
Ishani Sharma Phoenix, AZ 2011
Beckey Seligman Phoenix, AZ 2011
Valeria Degutis Long Island, NY 2012
Destinee Bronson San Diego, CA 2013
Christian Thornton San Diego, CA 2014
Perry Chong Blaine, MN 2015
Michael Harris Blaine, MN 2016
Gary Chong East Lansing, MI 2017
Natalie Del Real East Lansing, MI 2017