By Chase Grant
Mission Moments: These are the moments that remind us that what we do isn’t nearly as important as why we do it.
In Texas, sport is king, and many young boys spend the hot summer days dreaming of one day playing on the soccer pitches, the baseball diamonds, or the gridirons under the Friday night lights. Connor Noble is one of those boys, but instead he dreams about the long fairways and narrow greens of Texas’ golf courses.
As a baby, Connor was diagnosed with a condition called hydrocephalus, a build up of fluid in the brain. After extensive time in the hospital, many of Connor’s side-effects were alleviated, but the procedure made one side of his body weaker than the other. Because of this condition, Connor could no longer pursue his dream of playing many traditional contact sports like his friends or his brothers could. Yet, Connor and his family would not be deterred.
His mother, Kristi, found a potential outlet for her son’s love of sport in The First Tee of Greater Houston and enrolled her son in the program. It didn’t take long for the Nobles to see that golf would not just be an outlet for Connor, it would become a passion. “I was hooked,” Connor said.
Two years into the program, Connor, now 12-years-old, is already a Birdie-level participant and loving every second of it. Not only the golf, but also being part of a team that supports and encourages him to succeed no matter what. Connor points to his coaches, Dana Schoenbach, a staff member of the Greater Houston chapter and volunteer Coach Jerry Barnard as some of his most influential instructors and mentors.
“This has helped his self-esteem,” Kristi Noble said. “Nobody judges him because of his disability. Everyone treats him like everyone else.”
Mission Moments is a new installment to The First Tee’s blog where we focus on our mission at it’s most important level: the participant.
If you are interested in reading more of stories of inspiration and perseverance, like Connor’s, please be sure to check out the Mission Moments section of The First Tee Magazine!