The First Tee of Greater Tyler strives to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life–enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The First Tee National Schools Program began in the Tyler Independent School District in 2011 and now has 14 elementary schools participating. The Program introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes.
Gavin Rasco serves as an event volunteer, coach, and board secretary for The First Tee of Greater Tyler and encourages the community to attend the organization’s 2013 Awards Banquet Ceremony on Thursday, November 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The banquet will raise funds for the organization while recognizing their top participants, volunteers, and community ambassadors.
“The First Tee of Greater Tyler’s National Schools Program reaches thousands of kids in local schools, but only a few are able to attend the classes held outside of school,” Mr. Rasco said. “The money we raise during the banquet puts kids into the First Tee program on a regular basis and helps cultivate the core values upon which the First Tee is based.”
Outside of his service to The First Tee of Greater Tyler, Mr. Rasco also volunteers as a classroom teacher for Junior Achievement. He is a member of the event planning committee for the East Texas Food Bank and serves on the Tyler Junior College Business Management Advisory Committee. Mr. Rasco is the secretary of the Hollytree Country Club Men’s Golf Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Class 24 and volunteers for Leadership Tyler events.
“I’ve been fortunate to have good role models in my life, and I feel it’s my responsibility to be a role model for others,” Mr. Rasco said. “Much of the volunteer work I do involves working with kids, and I enjoy being a positive and influential adult in their lives. Working with non-profits is more than raising money; when you spend your time to make a difference in someone else’s life, that’s when you know the true value of volunteerism.”
Mr. Rasco was born in Tyler and resides in Lindale, Texas. He is a graduate of Lindale High School and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. Rasco and his wife, Stacie, have been married for seven years and are the parents of two daughters, Camdyn, 4, and Tinley, 20 months. He is employed as the Director of Knowledge Management at Mentoring Minds. The Rascos are members of Rose Heights Church of God.
“One of my greatest joys is seeing participants from The First Tee programs out in the community, and when one of those children shakes my hand and introduces me to their mom or dad as Coach Gavin, it’s awesome,” Mr. Rasco said.
For more information about The First Tee of Greater Tyler or their 2013 Awards Banquet Ceremony, please visit thefirstteegreatertyler.org.