Our new monthly blog series, I Am The First Tee, features current participants as well as alumni who want to share how The First Tee has made a difference in their lives.
This month features Robyn Battles from The First Tee of Fort Worth. She shares how leaders at her chapter inspired her to volunteer and a make a difference in someone else’s life.
“The pastor of my local church once said, ‘We don’t give to get, but we get to give.’
Through The First Tee, I have learned the importance of volunteerism. The coaches and staff at The First Tee of Fort Worth taught me that we do not give back to the community to make ourselves look noble or because we owe anything–but instead, our willingness to serve should come from our heart.
Eight years ago, I caught The First Tee volunteer bug. Everyone at my chapter surprised me with their continuous dedication to the junior golfers by surrendering their own time to invest in the future of others. Their contagious spirit inspired me to take volunteerism to the next level.
For two years, once a week, I tutored boys and girls, which then helped me earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. Having a shiny pin on my vest looked nice, but I did not do it for the prize. I did it for the sake of wanting to give back to the community by helping children who were struggling in math and English.
I would have never dared to complete such a task if The First Tee did not instill in me the fact that we don’t give to get. Seeing the coaches at the clubhouse every week, dedicating their energy and attention to the participants, amazed me.
During my eight years with The First Tee of Fort Worth, I have never once heard anyone complain about their job or not appear excited about their assignment. Whether they picked up balls on the greens, removed the weeds out of the gardens, or worked tirelessly on the participant’s golf game, they always served with a joyful attitude. They treated the projects as an honorable duty rather than a waste of time.
Just as my family at The First Tee of Fort Worth did for me, I hope to be a role model and inspire others to become outstanding participants that will make a change in their world.”
NOTE: The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award represents the pinnacle of accomplishment for deserving participants of The First Tee. It recognizes exemplary achievement in academics, community service, chapter involvement and leadership. Thanks to the generosity of The First Tee Founding Corporate Partner Shell Oil Company, two winners each received a $20,000 scholarship–congratulations to Robyn who was one of those winners.