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

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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