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The First Tee of Greater Seattle Receives 2015 Community Impact Award



The First Tee of Greater Seattle was recently recognized as a Silver Award winner in the "Youth Development" category of Seattle Business magazine's 2015 Community Impact Awards. The Community Impact Awards recognize Washington State businesses and organizations that are making a tangible and measurable impact on their communities. The First Tee of Greater Seattle was one of just three finalists for its work in Youth Development. Heidi Wills, Executive Director, accepted the award in front of a sold out crowd of more than 360 attendees at the Museum of History and Industry.

From left to right: Heidi Wills (Executive Director), Patrick DiStefano (volunteer), Deborah Juarez (Board Member), Evan Johnsen (Program Director), John Bianchi (volunteer), Richard Collins (holding the award, Board Member), Casey Jacox (Board Member), Bob Bracht (Board Member), Maureen Atkins (Board Member), Ben Garrett (Board Member) and Shelby Lanting (Events and Volunteer Director)

From left to right: Heidi Wills (Executive Director), Patrick DiStefano (volunteer), Deborah Juarez (Board Member), Evan Johnsen (Program Director), John Bianchi (volunteer), Richard Collins (holding the award, Board Member), Casey Jacox (Board Member), Bob Bracht (Board Member), Maureen Atkins (Board Member), Ben Garrett (Board Member) and Shelby Lanting (Events and Volunteer Director)

"It's an honor to be recognized for our work in using the game of golf to empower young people with important life skills, core values, and healthy habits," said Wills. "With the support of the Greater Seattle community, we are able to equip kids who may not otherwise have access to the game of golf with the confidence, integrity, respect, and perseverance the game inherently promotes. With the help of caring coaches and volunteers, youth learn more than golf - they are learning tools they need to succeed in life."

The First Tee of Greater Seattle was recognized for its unique approach in using the game of golf to promote positive youth development. The program serves more than 1,600 kids year-round at five public golf courses in King County and introduces golf to more than 70,000 students each year in school P.E. settings through The First Tee National School Program.

For more information on The First Tee of Greater Seattle, visit www.thefirstteeseattle.org.


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