Greenwich’s Karen Hopp Named to The First Tee of Connecticut Board of Directors

The First Tee of Connecticut has named Greenwich native Karen Hopp to its Board of Directors.

The First Tee introduces golf to deserving students who might otherwise not have access to the sport.

The organization’s Connecticut chapter, celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer, reaches thousands of youth each year through in-school and national school programs, group lessons, squads, on-course team programs and summer camps. Along with golf instruction, The First Tee goes beyond the golf course and into the classroom instilling students with its Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Courtesy, Judgment, Confidence, Responsibility and Perseverance.

“Since our expansion into Fairfield County in July 2017, we have worked incredibly hard to establish more of a presence in the community and reach more students in the area, specifically in Greenwich, Stamford and Norwalk,” said Mark Moriarty, Executive Director of The First Tee of Connecticut. “We are so excited to have Karen join the board.  Her personal and professional background, along with her passion for children and the game of golf, will surely go a long way towards increasing awareness about The First Tee of Connecticut and expanding our programs across Fairfield County.”

Hopp has more than 20 years of experience in media and public relations and is co-founder of Bazini Hopp, a New York City-based PR firm specializing in technology. She graduated from the University of Connecticut as a double major in Journalism and Communications and is a devoted fan of UCONN Huskies basketball. She and her husband live in their hometown of Greenwich with their two children.

The First Tee of Connecticut is a youth development organization 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.

Through programs at 20 outdoor locations, in 162 schools and in partnership with local youth service agencies, we help shape the lives of over 74,000 young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. For more information, visit