When I first learned I was receiving the "Coach of the Year" Award from First Tee, I laughed because I don't consider myself to be award worthy. I absolutely love teaching juniors and I do it for them. I want them to have the opportunity to learn golf, a sport they can play for their rest of their lives, a sport they can play with their friends, with their family and build memories. It is also a sport that can open up doors if you are willing to put in the effort.
Today, I was presented with the award by Emily Valentine, Director of Program Development-First Tee Florida Gold Coast, at the beginning of my Tuesday group of homeschool golfers and I was humbled. I was not expecting to be overwhelmed with cards and gifts for this achievement. This award really belongs to the parents and juniors that I teach because without them I would not be able to do what I enjoy.
I am especially grateful to the Village of Royal Palm Beach for this great facility which allows me to accommodate so many juniors. Quite honestly, I am only able to do what I do because I have a great team of coaches on my team that are willing to join me in expanding my junior classes to others. I also cannot say enough about my awesome for lack of a better word "assistant" who takes care of the BIG stuff so I can just teach.
I am honored and grateful to have had this memorable experience.