Local Teen Selected as Semifinalist for RBS Achievers of the Year Awards

Awards will be presented in July at the Women’s U.S. Open Championship in Pittsburgh, PA

The First Tee San AntonioSAN ANTONIO – Adolfo Diaz, 16, has been selected as one of ten semifinalists for the seventh-annual RBS Achievers of the Year Awards, a program created by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, in conjunction with Charter One and Citizens Bank, to recognize outstanding participants of The First Tee and to help fund their ongoing education after high school. 

RBS and Golf Digest Publications, both Trustees of The First Tee, will present the 2010 RBS Achievers of the Year Awards during an awards dinner in Pittsburgh, PA, site of this year’s U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club. Two finalists, one male and one female, will receive $10,000 awards and the eight remaining semifinalists will each receive $2,000 for future education.

The RBS Achievers of the Year Awards recognize deserving students for accomplishments in their daily lives while overcoming difficult circumstances. The scholarship awards are not based on academic achievement or exceptional golf skills. The program rewards young people that exhibit The First Tee Nine Core Values while demonstrating leadership, community service and teamwork. The First Tee Nine Core Values are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

Adolfo is a junior at Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Texas. He embodies the leadership skills and characteristics that define the RBS Achievers of the Year. Adolfo is very active in volunteering and mentoring younger participants at his Chapter. He is involved in the Spanish Club and the Fusion Club at his school, and also volunteers in the community at a nursing home.

“Adolfo is not only a role model for the younger kids that he mentors, but for his peers and his coaches as well," said Mark Tisdale, program manager for The First Tee of San Antonio. "He is always thinking about how to improve himself and The First Tee. He has overcome many obstacles and is very deserving of this award.”

About The First Tee:

The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 3.5 million participants in 50 states, over 3,400 elementary schools and five international locations – Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore. Former President George H. W. Bush serves as honorary chairman. The First Tee Founding Partners are The Masters Tournament, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA.


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