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

 

Fall 2 Program Guide – New Personal Training Opportunities

The MAC is very excited to have two new folks with us here at the MAC Fitness Center.  Brittany Barr and Michael Addesa are both well known in our community for their experience in the fitness world.

We are happy to have both of them available to our members to provide group and personal training opportunities to our members.

Brittany will be leading a “Total Body Blast” Group Fitness Class starting in the Fall 2 Session.

Information is in the program guide which can be downloaded by clicking here: Program Guide Fall 2 2018

 

There is some information about Brittany and Michael below.

 

Hi my name is Brittany Barr. I’m a wife and mother of two amazing boys who reside in Payneville. I’ve been doing personal training and group fitness here in Meade Co. since 2008.  I love working with people and seeing the physical and mental changes that exercise helps to improve. I’ve helped both women and men during that time. Resistance training helps you to “drop fat” and “boost muscle mass.” My group classes are “circuit style” which is weights and cardio mixed in. In my classes we use dumbbells and also do a lot of bodyweight type of movements to keep your body functional for the tasks of everyday life.  I love to keep changing it up to keep the body from adapting and guessing. Private sessions are in fact more “private” and tailored to your goals and needs. Thanks for reading a little about me and what it is I offer. Hope to help you soon.

 Brittany Barr

 

Hello, my name is Michael Addesa and I specialize in strength training and athletic performance.  I am a graduate of Meade County High School in 2009 and played football at the University of Louisville from 2011-2014.  If you are looking to for someone who can coordinate an individually customized plan I am happy to be training at the MAC, and will work to meet the needs of your schedule.  I am open to offering my training opportunities to all ages!  I hope to work with you soon.

 Michael Addesa

 

 

 

 

Fall Classic Results

The MAC and River Trace Golf would like to thank Don Wright and Michael Matney of Servpro for Sponsoring our Fall Classic Event.

Congrats to Flight Winners

1st Flight

Gross – Kyle Melloy & Braden Pace

Net – Bob Pollock & Lee Richardson

2nd Flight

Net – Haley & Joey English

 

MCHS Swim Team Fundraiser

The MCHS Swim Team is having a fundraising golf scramble at Chariot Run on November 3!

The flyer is attached here:  Swim Team Flyer

 

For additional info or inquiries, please contact Kelly Holley at: 270 668-7256 or kelly.holley@meade.kyschools.us

MCHS / MAC Basketball Registration

We are taking registration for Boys Youth Basketball (Grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6).

The Fall K-2 Program will start on October 27th.  Don’t delay! We have reached 70% capacity.

 

The programs for the older grades will have evaluations on Monday, November 12th.  (Practice will begin after teams are formulated the week of November 26)

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

MAC Newsletter – October 2018

To download the October Newsletter please click on the link provided here:  MAC Newsletter 2018-10

 

Thanks,

MAC Staff

OVERSEED ALERT – River Trace Golf

Our Grounds crew has been working on over-seeding the tee boxes and approach areas at the golf course.

A new perennial product known commonly as Blue-Muda is being applied that should keep the tees and approaches green all year.

Right now the tee boxes have been moved to allow the seed to germinate.  Please be mindful and utilize the temporary tee boxes until they are moved back by our staff. (Likely by October 8)

If all goes well we won’t have to use temporary/winter tee boxes in the future as a result.

Thanks!

FIRST TEE SCRAMBLE POSPONED

09/23/18

Good Morning,

Due to the immense amount of rain, we are going to have to reschedule The First Tee Scramble.

The make-up will likely be held on Sunday, October 21st.

Thanks,

Aaron Greenwell