University of Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne inspired young golfers at The First Tee of Tucson Learning Center Dedication to embrace the program’s lessons of honesty, integrity, teamwork and good sportsmanship to help them in their sport, in their classrooms and throughout their lives. Bryne then joined The First Tee members and special guests and launched a ceremonial drive from the program’s practice tee—the crowd of 200 guests applauded a very long and perfectly straight drive by the keynote speaker.
City of Tucson Council Member Regina Romero, who represents ward one which includes the Trini-Alvarez, El Rio Golf Course, home of The First Tee of Tucson Learning Center, welcomed neighbors and guests. “It’s here in The First Tee of Tucson Learning Center, where sport is translated into valuable life lessons, so our young golfers have the tools they need to succeed on and off the golf course,” said Romero. “I’m so proud of my neighborhood and my community.”
“The First Tee of Tucson is a model for establishing public and private partnership that contributes to the well-being of the community,” said Dan Meyers, a Tucson Conquistador who serves as president of The First Tee of Tucson. Meyers credited the City of Tucson, private businesses, individual donors and dedicated volunteers to making the new Learning Center possible. The Tucson Conquistadores fund the operation of The First Tee of Tucson program with ticket proceeds from the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, February 21 – 27, 2011 at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.