First Tee of Greater Akron Hosts Annual Executive Dinner – Akron, OH:

Four exceptional Greater Akron youth were honored at The First Tee of Greater Akron’s 2019 Executive Dinner on Tuesday, April 30 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.  Professional golfer and Golf Channel announcer, John Cook was the guest speaker.

Established in 1998, The First Tee of Greater Akron is a chapter of The First Tee, an international youth development organization that shapes the lives of young people ages 4 through 18 in Greater Akron.  The mission of The First Tee 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.  First Tee curriculum focuses on character education and teaching the Nine Cores Values – Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy & Judgment.  Through a life skills curriculum that includes exercises and activities focused around the game of golf, kids learn lessons that will enhance their lives.

Three of the Nine Core Values were highlighted in an awards ceremony at the Executive Dinner.  Solomon Petrie, a freshman at Archbishop Hoban High School was honored with the Respect Award.  Julia Davenport, a freshman at Norton High School was honored with the Responsibility Award.  Juilian Dunlap, a freshman at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School was honored with the Judgment Award.  All three award winners are participants of The First Tee of Greater Akron.

The Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and The First Tee of Greater Akron partnered in the creation of a new award.  The Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Award will be given annually to the individual who has fostered the ideals of the game of golf and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course.  McKenzie Ickes, an eight grader in the Stow schools was honored with the 2019 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Award.

Also honored was Bob Knapp, retired executive with SIGNET Jewelers, with the second annual Friends of The First Tee of Greater Akron Award.  Mr. Knapp was recognized for his outstanding service to The First Tee program.

The event highlighted the importance of mentoring youth in the Greater Akron community.  In 2018, The First Tee of Greater Akron directly impacted 19,831 youth in the community.

Registration for summer classes has begun on Classes start June 5 and run for five weeks.  A second summer session starts July 15.

The First Tee of Greater Akron’s next fundraising event is the Charity Golf Classic to be held August 14 at Firestone Country Club.

Juilian Dunlap, Solomon Petrie, McKenzie Ickes, Julia Davenport (left to right)

John Cook


Mark Krohn, Bob Knapp, Ray Kapper (left to right)