Game Changers Academy

First Tee Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. is an evolution of our longest standing participant event, the Joe Louis Barrow Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy, to address the challenges and experiences our teens face in their daily lives and better equip them to build the strength of character to be game changers in their communities.

Participants selected to attend this five-day learning and empowerment academy will participate in important conversations around issues of identity, racism, diversity, equity and inclusion. RISE, a national leader in the sports community championing social justice and working to improve race relations, will facilitate engaging and interactive workshops paired with introspective activities and reflections led by our nationally trained First Tee coaches. The Academy builds throughout the week into a final outreach project in collaboration with DE&I leadership in the local host community. 

Event Info

Date: July 19-23, 2022
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Selected Participants

First NameLast NameChapter
MimiMerzoianFirst Tee — Fresno
JosephNeddoFirst Tee — North Florida
AugustinNguyenFirst Tee — Central Coast
NatalieMcKenzieFirst Tee — Greater Seattle
AlanisSantiago MaldonadoFirst Tee — North Florida
JacobDavisFirst Tee — North Florida
DominiqueBarksdaleFirst Tee — Greater Washington, DC
PatrickBushFirst Tee — Pittsburgh
AvaHeatonFirst Tee — Triangle
AryanaPersaudFirst Tee — Central Florida
MariaRamosFirst Tee — Greater Philadelphia
EugeneChoiFirst Tee — Greater Washington, DC
MeghanSainsburyFirst Tee — Western New York
TylerJoplinFirst Tee — Greater Dallas
SelamOlsonFirst Tee — Connecticut
JohnnieReedFirst Tee — Fort Worth
EthanSelversFirst Tee — Metropolitan New York
ShreyShaliaFirst Tee — Florida Gold Coast
ThaliaHoyosFirst Tee — Metropolitan Oklahoma City
HenryMentzelFirst Tee — Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
KatelynJacotFirst Tee — Eastern Michigan
ClaraGracePlathFirst Tee — San Joaquin
EmmaDodsonFirst Tee — Central Coast
KyliePorterFirst Tee — Canton
BrunoAmbrosiniFirst Tee — Fresno
TrevorFreemanFirst Tee — West Michigan
SalmaRiveraFirst Tee — Silicon Valley
DylanWaltersFirst Tee — Benton Harbor
AmeliaGaribaldiFirst Tee — San Joaquin
Lillee-AnnJacobsFirst Tee — Eastern Michigan
EliseMcGirtFirst Tee — Raritan Valley
GraceO’GradyFirst Tee — Central Ohio
MorganPettineFirst Tee — Sandhills
MadeleineWocickiFirst Tee — Idaho
HaleyWongFirst Tee — Greater Sacramento
VictoriaFarkasFirst Tee — Fort Worth
JackieFreibertFirst Tee — Greater Charleston
DakotaStacyFirst Tee — Indiana
MatthewWhiteFirst Tee — Colorado Rocky Mountains
BrettLutzkeFirst Tee — Indiana
IsabellaRubioFirst Tee — Florida Gold Coast
ThomasCastellanosFirst Tee — Lake County
CaitlynPloverFirst Tee — Greater Philadelphia
NancyRiveraFirst Tee — Silicon Valley
JoshuaBrownFirst Tee — Greater Philadelphia
BraydenGallardoFirst Tee — Monterey County
FaithNdichuFirst Tee — Raritan Valley
ArmandoYanezFirst Tee — Greater El Paso
SadieCurrierFirst Tee — Greater Houston
NaomiGarciaFirst Tee — Lake County
MichaelWadeFirst Tee — Tennessee
LloydKnightFirst Tee — Idaho
RileyYountFirst Tee — Greater San Antonio
JanieBrownFirst Tee — Augusta
AvaKempFirst Tee — Canton
IsabellaMagnoFirst Tee — Greater Philadelphia
AniruddhMohanFirst Tee — Greater Sacramento
JadaFowlkesFirst Tee — Metropolitan New York
BrockHindmanFirst Tee — Tulsa
AnnaYourishFirst Tee — Pittsburgh
JonathanRoeFirst Tee — Upstate South Carolina
MahamedIbrahimFirst Tee — Los Angeles
GarrisonWarrenFirst Tee — Pine Mountain
KatherineMiskimenFirst Tee — Phoenix
RohanRaoFirst Tee — Greater Trenton
EllaCouperFirst Tee — Greater Charlotte
LukeWoodFirst Tee — Greater Tyler
AndrewWolffFirst Tee — Tulsa
MartinPerezFirst Tee — Greater Houston
EmilyMayoFirst Tee — Delaware
JacobCameronFirst Tee — Central Coast
PeterChenFirst Tee — Greater Washington, DC

How to Participate

This event is only available to teens involved in chapters of First Tee. Most of the events and programs have a selection process that includes an application reviewed by a committee. Parents, if you want your child to participate, please inquire at your chapter.

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