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“Outstanding Participants” Honored for Academic Achievement, Community Service and Leadership

March 15, 2015

Dallas, Texas (March 15, 2014) – At last night’s Gala Dinner capping The First Tee 2015 Network Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Robyn Battles from The First Tee of Ft. Worth and Carlo Carino from The First Tee of Greater New Orleans were named The First Tee’s Outstanding Participants. Each will receive a $20,000 college scholarship from The First Tee Founding Corporate Partner Shell Oil Company.  This national award recognizes exemplary achievement in the area of academics, community service, chapter involvement and leadership.

Battles and Carino attended The First Tee Outstanding Participant & Leadership Summit held in conjunction with The First Tee Network Meeting. The Summit was an interactive and educational event in which 28 teen participants were given the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools and communities.

“Congratulations to all the Outstanding Participants who joined us in Dallas for this special event, especially to Robyn and Carlo for receiving this honor,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “It is amazing to see the leadership displayed by these young people who come to and through The First Tee programs. We are proud of their efforts and their demonstration of The First Tee Nine Core Values in their daily lives.”

Battles has been involved in The First Tee of Ft. Worth for six years and is an active leader, serving as secretary for the chapter’s Junior Advisory Committee. She is also involved at her high school and is a member of Girl Scouts, President’s Volunteer Service and the City of Arlington’s Teen Court Board.

Carino has been participating at The First Tee of Greater New Orleans, which is 60 miles from his home, for eight years. He volunteers with younger participants and holds a 4.43 GPA. He plays on his high school’s golf team and serves in the student ministry to mentor younger students.

Six remaining finalists will each receive $2,500 scholarships, also provided by Shell Oil Company.

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About The First Tee
The First Tee ( is 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 at other youth-serving locations.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 10.5 million young people in all 50 United States and select international locations. The First Tee’s 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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