State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recognized First Tee of Cleveland on the occasion of being named the National Council of Youth Sports 2017 STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year. The award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by its implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization.

“I am proud to recognize First Tee of Cleveland for its commitment to introducing children to the sport of golf,” said Rep. Anielski. “These kids not only learn how to play golf, but engage in the character building elements that come along with the sport. Fair play, sportsmanship, and the thrill of competition can lead to a life-long commitment to the sport as well as establishing lessons for life.”

First Tee of Cleveland is a chapter of The First Tee, founded in 1997 and dedicated to bringing the sport of golf to children of all ages and economic stages. The First Tee was formed by a partnership of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the Masters Tournament, Professional Golf Association of America, the Professional Golf Association Tour, and the United States Golf Association.

Patricia LoPresti, Executive Director of The First Tee of Cleveland, said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive the national STRIVE Award. We’re very proud of our efforts and it’s rewarding to be recognized for keeping our kids healthy and safe. Also, we’re grateful that Representative Anielski could be present at our community breakfast to present a proclamation in celebration of this prestigious award.”

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