Austin, Texas (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
The First Tee of Greater Austin and BB&T (Branch Banking and Trust), presenting sponsor of this year’s 9 Core Values Awards Luncheon, announced today that Deane Beman, 20-year commissioner of the PGA TOUR will serve as keynote speaker. Additionally, for the first time, The First Tee of Greater Austin and BB&T are seeking community nominations for outstanding Greater Austinites that represent the core value of Responsibility.
“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and distinguished speaker for our annual 9 Core Values program,” said Dan Matheson, First Tee Director and event co-chair. “Business leaders throughout Greater Austin will have a rare opportunity to hear personal insights and learnings from a truly inspiring athlete, leader and innovator.”
About the Luncheon
The 6th Annual 9 Core Values Awards Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. For information contact Keegan Kinney, The First Tee of Greater Austin Marketing and Development Coordinator, kkinney(at)firstteeaustin(dot)org or 512-732-0380 x201.
The 9 Core Values Awards are presented to those who exemplify The First Tee Life Skills Curriculum. Each year, an independent review committee selects nine honorees that exemplify the organization’s 9 Core Values in addition to The Robert W. Hughes Philanthropic Leadership Award. However, for the first time, the organizations’ are seeking community recognition of leaders that represent the Core Value of Responsibility. This year’s selected honorees are:
- Confidence: Dan Graham
- Courtesy: Dr. Charles Akins
- Honesty: Rosie Mendoza
- Integrity: Gerry Tucker
- Judgment: Senator Kirk Watson
- Perseverance: Laura Kilcrease
- Respect: Pike Powers
- Sportsmanship: Martha Smiley
- Leadership: Walter Moreau
- Responsibility: Community Nominations Now Being Accepted
About the Call for Nominations
Community nominations of Greater Austinites that signify the core value of Responsibility are being accepted through 5 p.m. CT on Friday, February 14, 2014 and entries can be submitted on The First Tee of Greater Austin’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firstteeaustin) and website (http://www.thefirstteeaustin.org/club/scripts/library/view_document.asp?CLNK=1&GRP=20968&pg=GE&NS=GE&DID=145346&APP=80). Community members throughout Greater Austin are encouraged to nominate a person that has demonstrated Responsibility and has made a difference in their community. The winner and the nominator will be invited to attend The First Tee’s 6th Annual 9 Core Values Awards Luncheon, presented by BB&T, where all recipients will be recognized.
About the Program and 9 Core Values Awards Luncheon
Since its founding in 1999, The First Tee of Greater Austin has grown from a single after-school program with thirteen kids to a recognized youth development organization that will serve over 9,600 youth this year through a year round after-school & Saturday classes; winter, spring & summer break camps, along with an in-school program at select elementary and middle schools along with a few specialty programs that include; the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Program, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, Foundation Tour, Interclub and the Youth Forum.
Most importantly, kids who participate in The First Tee program see improvement in their grades and are more likely to stay in school. Research shows that 98% of students who participate in The First Tee for at least two years graduate high school, showing a positive community impact.
The First Tee of Greater Austin's independent review committee will review all submissions and select the nominee that best represents the core value of Responsibility. The award recipient and nominator will be invited to join us at the 6th Annual 9 Core Values Awards Luncheon on March 4th, 2014. The First Tee of Greater Austin's review committee will fact check submissions and conduct due diligence to ensure that the nominee truly represents the values of The First Tee of Greater Austin and BB&T. Award winners will be featured in publicity materials on behalf of The First Tee of Greater Austin, including but not limited to marketing materials, website content and media outreach. The recipient must be in attendance at the luncheon to be eligible to receive the award.
About The First Tee of Greater Austin
The First Tee of Greater Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that impacts 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.
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $181.1 billion in assets and market capitalization of $23.8 billion, as of Sept. 30, 2013. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 1,824 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., including 9 locations in the Austin area, and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at http://www.BBT.com. More information about BB&T Corporation is available at http://www.BBT.com/About.