Posted: 12/20/2012

Thirty-Two Teens Selected to Attend The First Tee Outstanding Participant Summit in March 2013

Eight Semifinalists Named for biennial Outstanding Participant Award

St. Augustine, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2012) – Thirty-two teens from The First Tee network of chapters have been selected to attend The First Tee’s first-ever Outstanding Participant Summit March 1-2, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn.  Eight of the 32 in attendance have been named semifinalists for The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award and will receive scholarships.

The First Tee Outstanding Participant Summit will be held in conjunction with The First Tee Network Meeting, a biennial meeting of 500-600 chapter representatives of The First Tee.  The summit will be an interactive and educational event in which participants will have the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools and communities. During the summit participants will attend sessions on topics including college preparedness, the importance of community service and volunteerism, environmental sustainability and more. A variety of experts on these topics will present during the sessions.

Of the 32 participants, eight have been selected as semifinalists for The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award, recognizing exemplary academic achievement, community service, chapter involvement and leadership. From the eight semifinalists, two will each be awarded a $15,000 scholarship and the remaining six with each receive a $1,500 scholarship. The winners will be named during The First Tee Network Meeting Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 2. The First Tee Founding Corporate Partner, Shell Oil Company, is providing the scholarships.

“We’re proud to recognize these young people who are clearly exemplifying The First Tee Nine Core Values in many aspects of their lives,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive of The First Tee. “Furthermore, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills through the first-ever Outstanding Participant Summit.”

Applications were accepted from teen participants who met the minimum requirements and were selected by a national committee based on their application, essay responses and letters of recommendation. 

The First Tee Outstanding Participant Summit is one of many national opportunities made available to participants The First Tee chapters. For more information on The First Tee, visit www.thefirsttee.org.

About The First Tee:
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and on military installations.   

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 6.5 million young people in all 50 United States and six international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

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Media Contact:
Sara Henika
The First Tee
(904) 940-4341
SHenika@thefirsttee.org