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The First Tee Of The Triangle Honors Participants at Inaugural Golf Ball Award Ceremony

Local Nonprofit Organization Recognizes Players, Coaches and Volunteers for Outstanding Achievement and Service as Role Models

Raleigh, NC, December 04, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The First Tee of the Triangle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to impacting 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, honored its players, volunteer coaches, and participants at its inaugural Golf Ball Awards breakfast on Nov. 23 at Brier Creek Country Club. The coaches of The First Tee of the Triangle nominated players they believed demonstrate outstanding achievement in the program and who serve as excellent role models for the Attitude, Character and Effort (ACE) awards. The Volunteer of the Year awards were selected by the staff. William Crouch, Ph.D., past president of Georgetown College in Kentucky, served as the guest speaker.

The participants recognized include:

Five Years of Volunteer Service
Chris Abbate
Ben Spiker

Junior Volunteer of the Year
Jonathan Paulson

The First Tee Volunteer of the Year
Staci Creech
Doug Samson

Attitude, Character and Effort (ACE) Award
Donald “DJ” Douds
Ewura Aba Turkson
Zachary Bernstein
Ashley Kim
Hubert Adams
Raegan Swartz

Perseverance Award
Aryan Thakar
Dylan Stephens
Ana Mcghee
Tucker Blankinship

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“We were pleased to host more than 100 people for our first ever Golf Ball Awards breakfast,” said Brandon Baker, executive director of The First Tee of the Triangle. “Our participants, parents, and coaches had a fantastic time being recognized for outstanding achievements and for being role models to others in The First Tee and the community at large. We were also fortunate to have Dr. Crouch speak to us about how our participants can best prepare themselves for life after high school and The First Tee.”

“Our Golf Ball Awards ceremony was a rare opportunity to celebrate all of our The First Tee of the Triangle participants, families, and volunteers and to recognize their growth in our program and their impact on our community,” said Pat Nelli, director of development of The First Tee of the Triangle. “These young people not only grasp the core values of The First Tee curriculum, but they also display it on and off the golf course and are role models to their classmates and peers. In particular, our two Volunteers of the Year, Staci and Doug, display enthusiasm with our participants, dynamically lead our classes, and step up to assist the organization in endless ways.”

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About The First Tee of the Triangle:
Established in 2004, The First Tee of the Triangle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of young people in the area by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Offering programs specifically designed for young people ages 5 to 18 in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas of North Carolina, the organization has worked with more than 10,000 young people in the area. With nine partnering facilities in the area, The First Tee of the Triangle works to offer golf instruction and facility access to young players who might not otherwise be exposed to the game. For more information, visit The First Tee of The Triangle’s website.
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First Tee Of The Triangle
Robert Buhler
919-233-6600
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