THE FIRST TEE OF NASHVILLE'S JOSEPH BROWN NAMED ONE OF TWO RBS "ACHIEVERS OF THE YEAR"
Receives a $10,000 college scholarship and meets Jack Nicklaus
(Pictured are David Webb, RBS, Jack Nicklaus, Joseph Brown and Kelly Martin, The First Tee)
World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus, a spokesperson and Trustee of The First Tee, commended 2010 RBS Achievers of the Year Joseph Brown, 17, from The First Tee of Nashville, and Deloise Daniels, 16, from The First Tee of Southern Nevada, Thursday night during an awards ceremony and dinner, hosted by Golf Digest and GolfWorld, at the Heinz History Center.
Brown and Daniels each received $10,000 scholarship awards from RBS to help fund their post-secondary education. The remaining eight semifinalists received $2,000 each for the same purpose.
"These young men and women are wonderful examples of how the game of golf can positively impact lives and how The First Tee has become an ideal vehicle to use the game to teach valuable, character-building life lessons," Nicklaus said. "This is why we hope The First Tee continues to broaden its global reach, so we can show emerging markets around the world that we are producing good citizens and not just good golfers. RBS has recognized this and we appreciate their support of The First Tee and the lasting influence they have had and will continue to have on these participants."
The RBS Achievers of the Year Award, now in its seventh year, is a program created by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, in conjunction with Charter One and Citizens Bank, to recognize outstanding participants of The First Tee and to help fund their ongoing education after high school.
"We continue to be very proud to support such a worthwhile program," said David Webb, head of group sponsorship, RBS Group. "Now in our seventh year, the RBS Achievers of the Year program has enabled us to honor some truly remarkable young people. They have our admiration and our congratulations."
In addition to Brown and Daniels, the remaining RBS Achievers include:
Tyler Clem, 17 The First Tee of Fort Smith
Raven Clewis, 17, The First Tee of South Los Angeles
Fabio Colon, 18, The First Tee of Connecticut
Lindsay Davis, 17, The First Tee of Pine Mountain
Adolfo Diaz, 16, The First Tee of San Antonio
Jamie Kirsila, 17, The First Tee of Greater Seattle
Austin Landis, 17, The First Tee of The Children's Course
Edward Nguyen, 15, The First Tee of San Jose
The RBS Achievers of the Year Awards recognize deserving students for accomplishments in their daily lives while overcoming difficult circumstances. The scholarship awards are not based on academic performance or exceptional golf skills. The program rewards young people that exhibit The First Tee Nine Core Values while demonstrating leadership, service and teamwork.
RBS and Jack Nicklaus are both Trustees of The First Tee.
To read biographies of the 2010 RBS Achievers of the Year, or to learn more about The First Tee, visit www.thefirsttee.org.