On November 4th 2023, Golf Canada’s First Tee program was awarded the Innovation in Adaptive Sport award for advancing accessible environments through leadership and innovation at the Variety Village Active Living Conference.
Variety Village supports children with disabilities through sports, skill development, and other inclusive and accessible programming in community facilities across Ontario. First Tee – Ontario partnered with Variety Village (Scarborough), in September 2022 to incorporate golf in their programming offerings for children.
First Tee Coaches Kevin and Brock Potter have been running the program since Fall 2023. This award is a testament to the positive impact they have made in the community.
Kevin and Brock in addition to First Tee – Ontario team members Katherine Hale (Manager, Women’s Participation), Amaya Athill (Manager, First Tee – Ontario), and Brandon Costa (Coordinator, First Tee – Ontario) were present to accept the award.
The First Tee – Ontario team and First Tee coaches are grateful to the team at Variety Village, especially Archie Allison, Director, Access and Awareness, for this kind recognition.
First Tee provides inclusive access to golf for children from all backgrounds at community centers, schools, and golf courses across the province. To learn more about programming near you, please email [email protected].