The First Tee Benefit Scramble – A Success

I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank all of the businesses and individuals who supported the 3rd Annual First Tee Benefit Scramble.  It turned out to be a beautiful day and I hope all of our folks involved had a very enjoyable experience.  Modern Woodman provided a matching fund opportunity and contributed $2,500 to the cause!  In addition, The Lusk Group was an Ace Sponsor and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance was an Eagle Sponsor.  Over $5,500.00 was raised at this wonderful event.  A list of all the event sponsors is below:

Title Sponsor

Ace Sponsor

 

Eagle Sponsor

Hole Sponsors:

Greg Allen Trucking, Adam Cart, Charles Carroll Insurance, Steve Crebessa, DeVries Family Dentistry, Mike & Diana Greenwell, Jeff Greer, Hager Funeral Home, Tim Hendley, Home Plate, Ronnie Joyner, KORT, Nu2u, Bric Pace, John & Robin Proctor, Ray’s Ford, Sherwin Williams, Nancy Tate, The Cecilian Bank, Tony Brown Chevrolet, WesBanco

Below are pictures of some of The First Tee participants who came out to lend a hand to our teams!  Thanks again to Eli, Veronica, and Anthony for being here to represent our Jr. Golf Programs.

MAC Gymnastics – Last Call

We have reached capacity in our preschool tumbling classes, but there are currently still a few spots in the Jumpers, Springers, and Flippers classes.

Hope to see you soon!

MAC Newsletter – November 2018

To view the newsletter click on the link provided here: MAC Newsletter 2018-11

MCHS/MAC K-2 Team Assignments & Schedules

CLICK HERE FOR THE TEAM ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULE: Basketball Roster K-2 Fall 18

 

I am providing the Team Assignment sheet along with the Schedule for the remainder of the season.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHEDULE IS 2 PAGES AND WE ARE OFF ON NOVEMBER 24.

Please follow your child’s team name in the grid provided on Pages 1 and 2.

If your child is not listed please contact our office at your earliest convenience.

 

JERSEYS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON SATURDAY!

NOW REGISTERING!!! Grades 6-8 Boys Basketball

WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS NEW LEAGUE FOR BOYS IN GRADES 6-8.

NOTE: If you are already registered as a 6th grader you don’t need to take any additional action at this time.

To download the registration form click on the link provided here:  YOUTH BASKETBALL BOYS LEAGUE – 2018-2019 – 6-8

 

EVALUATIONS WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

 

  • Grades 6-8 will practice on a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evening and will play games between 8am – 12 noon on Saturdays.

 

If you have questions please reach out to me directly ASAP.

Thanks,
Aaron Greenwell

Thank you to Coach Taggart and the Reed Family

Not only did Coach Willie Taggart volunteer his time to be the 9th Annual MAC Matters Gala Speaker, but he also provided a package at auction to provide a VIP opportunity at an FSU game this season.  Multiple members of the MAC Board Of Directors were fortunate enough to visit Tallahassee over the weekend.  On behalf of Board Chairman John Beavin I would like to thank Coach Taggart and his entire Florida State University staff along with the Reed Family for the hospitality shown to our group over the weekend.  Go Noles!

K-2 MAC/MCHS Basketball Info

We look forward to our opening day of Boys K-2 Basketball this Saturday, October 27th.  The location for this program will always be David T. Wilson Elementary School.  (1075 Old Ekron Rd, Brandenburg KY 40108)

 THIS SATURDAY OCTOBER 27th: All participants with Last names from A – M will need to arrive by 9:00 am – Dismiss between 10:00-10:15 am

 THIS SATURDAY OCTOBER 27th: All participants with Last names from N-Z will need to arrive by 10:30 am – Dismiss around 11:30-11:45 am

  • Our first day will include building on basketball fundamentals including stations for ballhandling, shooting, passing, defense, etc.
  • Stations will be conducted by MCHS and MAC staff along with volunteer coaches.
  • After this week’s stations and scrimmage time, children will be dismissed.  Staff will Create 6 teams for the future schedule.
  • Once team assignments are set, Team Rosters and Schedules will be emailed to all participants for the remainder of the program segment.  (Should be sent electronically by Wednesday October 31st.)
  • Jerseys will be distributed next Saturday, November 3rd.  We will have hard copies of the schedule available for pick up on the 3rd as well.
  • Each Saturday our participants will have a one hour block in which they participate. (30 minute practice followed by an instructional game.)

We look forward to working with your children, and also look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

 

Two New Programs Added!

As a result of great registration, we are happy to add two new classes.  They will be available for registration immediately.

Brittany Barr’s “Total Body Blast” – We have added another time frame.  It will be offered on Tuesdays at 6pm (Nov 6 – Dec 11)

K-2 Youth Basketball (Co-Ed) – Our Fall session is full so we are going to open up the new session that runs January 26- March 2.  This program is intended for both BOYS & GIRLS.

 

Stop by the MAC to get registered.

 

Thanks!

16th Annual Jingle Bell Trot

The 16th Annual Jingle Bell Trot is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th.

TIME: 6:30 p.m

LOCATION: Run/Walk Starts @ Meade County High School Cafeteria

COST: FREE

Download the registration form by clicking here:  2018 Jingle Bell Trot Registration Form

 

Congratulations to Matthew Wilson

I’m going to begin this story by springing forward to the present.  Two weeks ago, on a wet, gloomy Thursday in late September, Matthew Wilson did something that 5 years ago I would have never dreamed possible.  As a senior, he led the Meade County Boys Golf Team at their regional tournament at Elizabethtown Country Club and qualified as in individual for the KHSAA Boys State Tournament.  To really understand how proud I am of Matthew and just how far he has come, I feel that I need to go back the beginning.

For those who are not golfers, The First Tee is a national youth sports organization whose mission is to grow the game of golf by transforming the experience that kids (and families) have with the sport. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has reached more than 15 million kids, positively impacting their lives.  In the late 90’s The First Tee was started as a way to bring an affordable junior golf program to communities that did not have them, especially in economically disadvantaged areas.  Soon after, it became evident that blending the rules of the game with life and leadership skills would create kids and teens that didn’t just learn how to putt – they were learning important life lessons. The Meade Activity Center officially became an affiliate of The First Tee of Louisville in 2012.  In every experience with The First Tee, kids are introduced to our core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.   Our goal is to not necessarily to build the next tour star.  Our goal is to build relationships that lead to boys and girls who display strong character, morals, and ethics.

Matthew started The First Tee program with us at the MAC in 7th grade.  He showed up to his first class with nothing more than a positive attitude.  Like many of our kids he didn’t have clubs and simply utilized the junior clubs that we have cut to fit the heights of various participants.  Matt was quiet and very passive.  Simply stated, he was a little bit unsure of himself in his surroundings.  He was bashful and certainly a beginner, but he did seem eager to learn more about the game of golf.  Over the next few years Matt continued taking multiple sessions of our First Tee Life Skills Program and also junior golf camps.  I worked with him directly to provide individual instruction and I constantly would see him working on the driving range or putting green by himself.  He was giving it his all and was always a polite young man, but I wasn’t sure he would ever turn the corner with his golf game.  After all, golf is incredibly difficult and sometimes even the most talented players can’t quite master the mental aspect.

Once Matthew had developed a little bit more fundamental ability, he participated on one of the first PGA Jr. Leagues formed by our local kids here in Meade County.  Our team would travel around and play matches against Elizabethtown, Shepherdsville, Bardstown, and Louisville.  It is a great feeder program to introduce a little bit of competition while keeping fun as the emphasis to boys and girls ages 8-14.  During the PGA Jr. League, progress but no “breakthrough”.  By the time that Matthew got to Meade County High School he went out for the boys golf team.  He was by no means a phenom but he was patient and was very dedicated to improving regardless of the time that had to be put in.   I would talk to him and his parents about how things were going and the sentiment was always, “getting close, or trying to put it all together”.

Around the beginning of 2017 something happened that proved pivotal in the process.  Matthew was beginning to play alongside some of his extended family in the offseason.  The same relatives who saw the shy young man that came to us in 2013, were starting to see a 16 year old kid who could hit a golf ball better than all of them.  When he would go out to play, I saw a spark in him that I hadn’t seen before.  That summer I asked Matthew to play with me in 2017 First Tee Benefit Scramble.  I was very impressed by his confident demeanor and I was also happy to see that growing a few inches had added to his distance on the course.  The most amazing thing for me that July afternoon was watching Matthew interact with the other adults in the tournament and his complete lack of fear in a setting that would have proved unnerving for many.  Later that year I would go on to hire Matthew to work for the MAC in a part-time golf shop position.  His new self-assuredness was the final piece of the puzzle that made it easy for me to give a kid with a great attitude and a 4.0 GPA a job.

Skip forward one year to the fall of 2018 and you will find Matthew playing the #4 or #5 seed for a Meade County Boys Golf Team that is poised to make some noise in the postseason.  As a team they are incredibly young and have only one upper classman on their varsity tournament team…..Matthew.  Many of the freshman and sophomore boys experienced great success early in the year while Matt continued to play ok, but not great.  After a washout early in the week, on September 27th in cold, windy, wet conditions this young man who first picked up a club as a middle schooler put his nose to the grindstone and kept it together when others faltered.  Any good player can play on a sunny 80 degree day, but it takes mental fortitude to play well on a day that leisure golfers would avoid like the plague.  On a day in that was quite possibly the worst conditions of the season, Matthew Wilson shot his first round in the 70’s in his high school tournament career.  His 79 would be good enough for a 2nd place individual finish and a trip to Bowling Green Country Club for the State Tournament.  I got a text from him right after the round that said, “Aaron I will not be able to work this Friday or Saturday, as I will be playing in the State Tournament.  Do I need to find people to cover for me?”  My first reaction was a little bit of shock, but then laughter because I loved the fact that he was still acting like the responsible and accountable kid that I got to know over 5 years ago.

The First Tee and all youth sports programs that focus on youth development are critical in bringing kids to their potential, not necessarily in golf, baseball, or basketball, but outside the playing field.  It is truly remarkable to see what positive mentor relationships do for kids and how those lessons learned can be applied throughout life.  I couldn’t be prouder of Matthew Wilson and I wish him the best of luck in his pursuits as he enters college next year.  I know he has big aspirations to be an engineer.  If he shows the same perseverance in his career path as he has on the golf course these past few years, I’d say he’s a lock.  Good Luck Buddy.

 

Aaron Greenwell

Executive Director

Meade Activity Center & River Trace Golf