The three winners – Luke Boldt of Bolivia, North Carolina, Vivian Guite of Naples, Florida, and Kayla Tounalom of Seattle, Washington – were selected from a national pool of applicants across the First Tee network based on a written essay focusing on the positive impact they have made in their local communities.
“We are honoured to work with First Tee each year to celebrate its participants who are doing great things in their communities,” said Manny Gan, Director Global Golf Sales & Marketing for John Deere, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“The 2020 contest winners embody what it means to be a ‘Power for Good’. Luke, Vivian and Kayla are an inspiration to their local communities, as well as the golf industry, and we are excited to celebrate their achievements,” added Gan, a former AGIF Board member.
To reward the winners for their service in their communities, schools and neighborhoods, John Deere will host the students at the 2021 John Deere Classic for a special VIP Experience. This year’s contest winners will have an opportunity to play in the John Deere Classic Pro-Am, and serve as a power for good at a local volunteer event. Additionally, each winner will receive a financial contribution toward their higher education.
Each year the ‘Power for Good’ competition recognises the efforts of young men and women in the First Tee programme who have a passion for improving their local communities. Additionally, it serves to inspire younger First Tee participants on the merits of hard work and determination.
Winners are selected for demonstrating their commitment to service and leadership through a written essay, which includes a summary of the impact of their efforts and how their work is connected to the values learned through First Tee.
Serving as a Trustee partner since 2012, John Deere is committed to working with First Tee to provide meaningful experiences that use golf as a platform to empower young people to build their strength of character to take on a whatever comes their way.
The John Deere Power for Good contest first launched in 2017, and since its inception has honored 12 deserving applicants.