Swim Like a Fish
It’s summertime, so there’s a good chance that July’s Face of The First Tee, 7-year-old Chase Gauthier is in a swimming pool somewhere in the United States. Chase LOVES to swim. He swims competitively for the Ellington Orcas Swim Team in Luling and has also been a member of the Terrytown Storm Swim Team. He enjoys taking vacations with his family and friends to explore new places, and no doubt, swimming pools. We are fortunate that when this fish is out of the pool, he spends his time on land with The First Tee.
Chase has been a member of The First Tee program for 3 years. He was a 5-year-old when his parents learned about The First Tee and decided to enroll him and his then 6-year-old sister Brooklyn. “My husband and I never learned to play golf,” says Chase’s mother Jare Gauthier. “We figured by letting Chase and Brooklyn play golf, it would inspire us to learn to play and golf could be a lifelong family activity.”
Chase lives in Waggaman with his family and attends The First Tee at Bayou Oaks in City Park or TPC Louisiana. “Chase loves exploring the different golf courses and learning from his awesome coaches at The First Tee,” says Jare. More than golf, Chase’s parents appreciate the character development they’ve seen in their child. “My husband and I have seen the Nine Core Values change Chase’s academic performance and relationships with his peers. He is a strong and confident child who is willing to help others whenever he can.”
An entering 2nd grader at Ray St. Pierre Academy for Advanced Studies, where he is an A/B Honor Roll student, Chase also plays basketball and piano and enjoys reading and being a member of the Cub Scouts. He’s learning about STEM related activities and wants to pursue an education in engineering so he can be an engineer or a chemist like his father.
“We are so happy for this program as Chase is not only learning to play but he is also learning lifelong values in sportsmanship and conduct that are applicable to any situation. We are excited about what The First Tee has taught Chase and we look forward to the future!”
ABOUT THE FACES OF THE FIRST TEE
The Faces of The First Tee is a new platform to recognize and award current participants who embody the criteria set forth in the Mission of The First Tee. The Faces of the First Tee demonstrate impeccable character, embody one or more of the Nine Core Values, and faithfully practice one or more of the Nine Healthy Habits. This award is not based on athletic ability, but rather a displayed grasp of The First Tee curriculum. This recognition will be awarded to one participant monthly for a period of 12 months (following the school year calendar, beginning in September). Advantages of being selected as one of The Faces of The First Tee include:
- A professional portrait taken by New Orleans Snapshots’ photographer and First Tee of Greater New Orleans’ Board President Andrew Cohoon
- A month-long, dedicated web site feature story including the portrait and a biography describing the criteria for which the participant was selected
- A featured headline in our newsletters, Home on the Range and Tuesday’s Talk of The Tee
- Social Media promotion on Facebook and Instagram
- A certificate of recognition
Congratulations to those of you who have been selected as one of The Faces of The First Tee!