2020 ACE Certified Participant

Adam Cartozian-Williams acheived the highest level of First Tee – ACE!

Adam Williams is one of 10 participants this year, and one of more than 150 since 2006, to achieve Ace certification.  He was recognized for this on June 30th at St Stanislaus Golf Course. To become Ace-certified, participants must complete four major projects – Community Service, Career, Educational Opportunities and Golf – which are submitted and reviewed by a national committee. It is a notable feat and the honorable culmination of hours of volunteering, goal-setting, preparation and practice.

“Becoming ACE certified is one of the highest accomplishments I have ever achieved. It was the single greatest goal I set for myself in the First Tee. Starting from the age of seven, I remember watching older participants work towards their ACE certification, and from that point forward, becoming ACE certified was my ultimate goal. Although the four projects that I completed for ACE were time consuming and challenging at times, persevering to completion was truly rewarding. I am honored to be one of only ten participants ACE certified in the past year. I am eager to inspire fellow younger participants to not only perfect their golf skills, but also help teach them the valuable life skills that the First Tee has instilled in me” –  Adam Cartozian-Williams.

Other Opportunites

The First Tee of Central Valley has numerous opportunities on both the local and national level. Our goal is to continue to improve the chances of our participants to become recognized and experience the many opportunities available through The First Tee program such as:

The National Leadership Academy – The overall purpose of the Academy is to provide participants with valuable character education and leadership instruction.

The First Tee Open Selection – This is a process where participants compete to be eligible to play in The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Champions Tour event). This selection process is 60 percent life skills/interview and 40 percent golf skills.

RBS Achievers – This award is given to participants who have overcome challenges in their lives by upholding The First Tee Nine Core Values and have blossomed into capable individuals through The First Tee.

Future Leaders Forum – This is a three day expedition into the sport, business and science aspects of golf and it provides character education to help prepare participants to be leaders of the future.

The First Tee Scholars – The Scholars program is designed to identify and designate participants from a scholarly and leadership perspective while adding value for a variety of future career and college experiences. Being a First Tee Scholar deems eligibility for scholarship opportunities within and outside the First Tee Network.

The First Tee of Central Valley Scholarship: Two First Tee of Central Valley senior high school participants are awarded a $2000 scholarship each year in recognition of their commitment and service to the program. This scholarship is administered by the Stanislaus Community Foundation.

Junior Council Committee

junior-councilDid you know your child could learn valuable leadership skills by joining our junior council committee?  This committee is comprised of active members who are Birdie level or higher and reach the age of 12 years old.   Serving as committee chairperson is Executive Director, Cathy Mendoza.  She offers a well-organized committee structure that enables participants to engage in fundraising activities, adopting program ideas and giving back toward their surrounding communities.  If your child is interested in becoming a junior council member of The First Tee of Central Valley, please contact us at 209-544-1780. Jr. Council meets on the first Saturday of every month at Noon in the Muni Clubhouse.