PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. and ATLANTA − First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf, is partnering with PGA TOUR Superstore to hold their second-annual Leadership Summit from Aug. 1-12. 

Forty teenagers from across the country have been selected to attend this year’s Summit, hosted at PGA TOUR Superstore Chairman and First Tee Board Member Arthur M. Blank’s West Creek Ranch in Montana.

Twenty of the selected youths will participate in the first week from Aug. 1-5 and 20 others will attend from Aug. 8-12.

The diverse group of participants – 24 young women and 16 young men – on average have spent seven years in the First Tee program and their average GPA is 3.85. From an aspiring Urban Planner who wants to ensure underserved communities have access to public facilities to a researcher who wants to cure food allergies, many of the participants already have impressive plans for careers that will improve their communities.

The First Tee Leadership Summit is designed to strengthen leadership skills through dynamic outdoor and team-building activities with the intended purpose of personal growth, education and coming together to make a difference. The curriculum explores concepts such as positive risk-taking, relationship building and identifying character strengths.

Set in the unforgettable backdrop of West Creek Ranch, the Summit will give teens the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities such as golf, fly fishing, yoga, meditation, horseback riding, archery, whitewater rafting and hiking, and will be encouraged to apply their learnings through these activities. 

For the second consecutive year, former NFL standout and motivational speaker Michael Vick will be a featured guest speaker during the first week of the Summit. Professional golfer Shasta Averyhardt will be featured the second week.

At the conclusion of the Summit, four students will be selected for the First Tee College Scholarship Program and will receive financial support as well as access to mentorship and professional development opportunities throughout their four-year collegiate experience.

“In our first year, we saw a group of incredible teenagers participate in a transformative experience which changed their outlook on life and leadership,” said Dick Sullivan, President & CEO, PGA TOUR Superstore. “We are committed to supporting First Tee and to be a part of something impactful and meaningful in the students’ lives.”

“Congratulations to the 40 teens selected for this one-of-a-kind leadership event,” added Greg McLaughlin, First Tee CEO. “As we saw last year, the summit provides an opportunity for these talented teens to immerse themselves in personal growth that will help them strengthen their leadership skills while forging deep relationships with peers from across the country. 

“We are once again grateful to Arthur Blank and PGA TOUR Superstore for supporting our mission as we work to empower the next generation through intentional and innovative opportunities like the First Tee Leadership Summit.”

To be eligible for the Summit, teens participated in a five-week Leadership Series that was hosted at PGA TOUR Superstore locations across the country this spring. Teens also completed applications and were selected based on character-driving criteria. 

For more than a decade, PGA TOUR Superstore and Arthur Blank have championed First Tee’s mission through charitable and in-kind donations across the country. In September 2020, PGA TOUR Superstore announced a new grant that will help First Tee reach more youth across the U.S. and strengthen its curriculum for teenage participants, including the development of the Leadership Series, Summit and scholarships.

The Leadership Summit is one of several national opportunities provided by First Tee Headquarters to inspire and equip teens on a deeper level as they progress through the program and toward higher education opportunities.


Name                                                         First Tee Chapter

Braden Bernaldo                    First Tee — Coachella Valley (CA)

Anna Brown                            First Tee — Coastal Carolinas (NC)

Aidan Cervetti                         First Tee — Tampa Bay

Katelyn Chan                          First Tee — Silicon Valley (CA)

Myles Cobb                             First Tee — Greater Chicago

Matthew Cook                         First Tee — Metro Atlanta

Jacie Goodman                     First Tee — Florida Gold Coast

Maleyna Gregorio                  First Tee — Coachella Valley (CA)

Wesley Helmer                       First Tee — Greater San Antonio

Ava Hurtado                           First Tee — Greater Austin

Zara Karim                              First Tee — Greater Washington, DC

Carson Kawabata                  First Tee — Utah

Isabella Lohr                           First Tee — Greater Dallas

Jake Myre                               First Tee — Tucson

Victoria Ocampo Acosta       First Tee — Orange County (CA)

Alanis Santiago Maldonado  First Tee — North Florida

Ethan Selvers                          First Tee — Metropolitan New York

Anay Sigala                            First Tee — Fort Worth

Saloni Somia                          First Tee — Minnesota

Isabella Zamarron                  First Tee — Greater Houston


Name                                                         First Tee Chapter

Mahek Acharya                      First Tee — Greater Chicago

Dominic Clayton                    First Tee — North Florida

Eliana Damsgard                   First Tee — Minnesota

Saidah DaSilva                       First Tee — Massachusetts

Haady Elneser                        First Tee — Florida Gold Coast

Isabella Herrera                      First Tee — Silicon Valley (CA)

Kyzar Joshi                              First Tee — Massachusetts

Sarah Kohler                           First Tee — Metropolitan New York

James Labukas                      First Tee — Tucson

Joshua Lee                             First Tee — Greater Austin

Elise McGirt                             First Tee — Raritan Valley (NJ)

Gabriella G. Mercado             First Tee — Orange County (CA)

Katherine Miskimen                First Tee — Phoenix

Abi Newell                               First Tee — Greater Houston

Josephine Nguyen                 First Tee — Greater Washington, DC

Carson Platt                            First Tee — Coastal Carolinas (NC)

Jaylyn Remolona                   First Tee — San Francisco

Isabella Rubio                         First Tee — Florida Gold Coast

Jacob Ryan                            First Tee — Central Florida

Isaac Stewart                         First Tee — Central Ohio

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