Sunshine and smiles warm hearts at summer camp June’s selection for The Faces of The First Tee is aptly timed as he was a fixture in last year’s The First Tee Summer Camp. Yahya Ayyad spent the better part of 2 months with The First Tee fellow campers, counselors, and coaches at one of last year’s Summer Camp partner locations, Timberlane Country Club. Yahya’s joyful demeanor especially warmed the hearts of his councilors and coaches. “Yahya has the most infectious smile, and he absolutely fell in love with the game of golf this summer. Happy-go-lucky by nature, Yahya is the type of kid you want to have around. He lightens the mood in any room,” says former Director of Education, Perry Faulkner.
Perry is not alone in his feeling about Yahya’s winning attitude. According to Rose Hindi, Yahya’s mother, “Yahya is one of the sweetest boys you can meet! He can be shy sometimes, but once you get to know him, he can be a handful!”
As demonstrated in his “Faces” portrait, Yahya’s passion is playing soccer. He takes his soccer ball everywhere he goes. At Summer Camp, The First Tee coaches and counselors helped him practice his goal shots, and according to mom, his game improved. “This is his first year at this camp and he absolutely loved it! He comes home and tells me how friendly the councilors were and how they would play anything with him. He would rather stay at camp then go on a vacation,” says Rose.
Of course, The First Tee Summer Camp wouldn’t be complete without a little golf. Yahya learned the basics of the game and was inspired to practice more often. “He is a tremendous asset to The First Tee, and I believe he will be a mentor coming up the pipeline,” Perry.
“I personally want to thank The First Tee for giving my son the best summer,” says Rose.
We couldn’t ask for a better endorsement. Thank you, Yahya and Rose!
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!