Sam Kachelek, a participant with The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin and a senior at Menomonee Falls High School, has been selected to The First Tee Scholars Program. This national distinction is awarded to The First Tee participants who are seniors in high school and excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. Sam is one of 82 scholars designated to the Class of 2016-2017.
For Sam, The First Tee has been more than just golf. “Through The First Tee I have grown as a person, learning the Nine Core Values and and implementing those in my life. Golf isn’t always the focus; it’s making yourself a better person and using that in school and in your community.”
Asked what he would tell a someone interested in getting involved in The First Tee, Sam had a few suggestions. “I would tell them definitely get involved. It has more of an effect on your life than you could ever imagine. Learning the Nine Core Values and building on them through volunteer work, your job, in school and within the community has a ripple effect. It’s more than a golf program; it’s a life skills program.”
As a Scholar, Sam is eligible for select named scholarships offered through The First Tee. Scholars are also eligible for events and speaking opportunities through The First Tee Alumni Network.
“We are proud to have Sam represent The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin as a recipient of The First Tee Scholars designation,” said David Cohn, executive director of The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin. “Sam is someone who models what it means to be a participant with The First Tee. Sam is making a difference in his school and in his community, and we know he will continue to make an impact in college.”
Sam plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison this fall.