Children Learn Life Skills Playing Golf at the MAC

Summer First Tee 2012

The First Tee program participants Clay Dupin (left) and Lucas Hail (right).

With the 2012 Ryder Cup underway, young Kentuckians are learning important life skills playing golf after being introduced to the game through The First Tee program at the MAC. The MAC is home to one of the first rural affiliate First Tee programs in the nation and the first outside of Lexington and Louisville in the state of Kentucky.

The MAC offered two sessions of The First Tee program this summer. Children in the entry level PLAYer course had the opportunity to learn fundamental golf skills, make new friends, and most importantly, acquire life skills and core values that transfer from the golf course to other areas of their lives including the classroom.

“We had nearly 100 kids participate in the program this summer. We were thrilled to have that kind of response with just two sessions,” said Aaron Greenwell, Executive Director of the MAC. “Research has shown that children are more confident in their ability to do well academically after completing the program, so we were excited to help kids get off to a great start in the new school year.”

The program is designed for children ages five and older and focuses on positive values identified with the game of golf. These values, known as the Nine Core Values™, include courtesy, responsibility, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance and respect.

More than 6.5 million children have participated in The First Tee program nationwide since it was started in 1997.

Mark Your Calendars – MAC Community Night Open House

Friday, August 24th
5pm – 9pm

Join us for an evening of family fun and fitness!  Friday, August 24th the entire MAC facility will be open to the public free of charge. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a  number of different activities, specifically designed for the the whole family, that will include swimming, volleyball, putting contests, cornhole, and drawings for prizes.

All equipment will be provided. The first 50 children (under the age of 15) in attendance will receive a MAC t-shirt.

Please come out and take part!!!


MAC Programs & Camps

Summer’s here and things are busy at the MAC.  We are providing the opportunities to participate in quality, affordable, programming options for both youth and adults in our community. From swim lessons to golf camp, water fitness, and The First Tee, we’ve served more than 500 kids and adults already this summer and we’re not finished yet.

We’ve also run numerous MAC day camps including:  Horseback Riding, Bowling, Swim, and Sports Camps.

We invite you to keep up with us on on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr where we share pictures of the fun participants are having at the MAC.

For more information about these programs and all other activities and updates check out the pages above.

First Tee Program

One program we’re especially proud of is The First Tee.  When it launched in the late 90’s, it was focused in urban communities.  We’re proud to say that the Meade Activity Center is home to one of the first rural affiliate programs in the nation and the first outside of Lexington and Louisville in the state of Kentucky.

The program is designed for kids (5 and older) to learn the sport of golf and most importantly the life skills it can teach.  Courtesy, responsibility, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and respect make up the Nine Core Values.  Our first session has been a great success.  It will wrap up in early August and a second will begin August 23 and run through October 11.
. If you are interested in participating, download the summer registration form and return it to the MAC office.  If you have any questions about The First Tee or any other programs please give us a call at 270-422-2227

MAC Advocate, Sandy Howard Makes it Happen

With only a small paid staff, the MAC relies heavily on advocates that volunteer their time and energy for it to be successful.

Sandy Howard

It is their continued drive and support that brings new and unique ideas and approaches to this project.

Periodically, we’ll share a profile on one of our advocates that has gone above and beyond to make the MAC successful.

It is our pleasure to spotlight Sandy Howard as the first, in a long list of individuals that have offered personal knowledge, ingenuity, and leadership skills to make the MAC better.   In the latter stages of winter the MAC was very fortunate to have Sandy step up and take on the daunting task of being our Gala Auction Coordinator.  It is without a doubt a role that requires a great deal of time and effort to be successful.  She embraced this position and went above and beyond the call of duty and was, and is, an invaluable asset to the MAC.

This year the live and silent auctions far exceeded our expectations.  Sandy was able to acquire a  very diverse, yet appealing  number of items that were well received by our Gala attendees.  Items included Eagles memorabilia, signed sporting good items, vacation packages,  luxury box seats, various artwork, and many other items of interest.  This came as no surprise to most who know and work with Sandy.

Sandy is the type of person who always puts others interest in front of her own.  She cares deeply about our local community and has always found a way to lend a helping hand.  She has done tireless work at Brandenburg United Methodist Church, and has also been an advocate and volunteer for the local chapter of Relay for Life.  A mother of two and grandmother of two, she is a wonderful person and valued friend of the Meade Activity Center.  We thank her for her contributions to the MAC and the Meade County community.

Please join us in congratulating Sandy on a job well done!

Sandy and her husband, Doug Howard, own and operate the River Ridge Marathon in Brandenburg.  They have two children, Barrett and Brittney.  They are the proud grandparents of Emma & Abby Howard.

MAC Matters Gala…A Smash Success

We were excited to host yet another successful MAC Matters Gala this past April. We would like to send our gratitude to our headliner Don Henley, as well as Todd and Kari Wagner for their continued advocacy on behalf of the MAC. Our fundraising committee was able to give attendees a unique experience and create an environment of community and purpose.  Because of your continued support we were able to raise $80,000 to help with funding financial assistance opportunities as well as ongoing improvements and upgrades to the MAC.

We want to thank everyone who helped make the Gala a success, specifically Platinum Sponsors Island Estates, Todd Wagner Foundation, Powers Paper Company, Louisville Gas & Electric, The Lusk Group and First Federal Savings Bank–as well as all our sponsors that made such generous donations.

Further, we appreciate the individuals and companies that participated in the silent and live auction portion of the event that help fund programs that provide new opportunities for the residents in our area.

Be a Part of the MAC 3rd Annual Mini-Triathlon

Our 3rd Annual Mini-Triathlon is less than 2 months away.  Sign-up now to participate in this exciting fitness event that include a 350 meter SWIM, 8 mile BIKE course and 2.2 mile RUN.

Have FUN, challenge yourself and compete for awards on Saturday, August 4th –right here in Brandenburg!

To sign up for the event, download and print the registration form by clicking here.  Mail with your check to:

Meade Activity Center Triathlon
493 Lawrence Street
Brandenburg, KY  40108

Or, you can hand deliver to our event sponsor:

KORT Brandenburg Physical Therapy (be sure to visit their web site)
815 Suite C Hillcrest Drive
Brandenburg, KY  40108

As always, the MAC is happy to help with any questions, so feel free to call us at 270-422-2227.

The MAC Introduces more Affordable POOL FEES for the 2012 season!

Swimming at the Meade Activity Center

The MAC will be rolling its new, more affordable pool fee schedule for the upcoming 2012 season which will begin Memorial Day weekend.

The new rates are as follows:


Adults – $7

Adults (Accompanied by a MAC Member) -$5


*Children (Accompanied by a MAC Member) – $3

There is a $25 daily family maximum fee. Meaning the most any family will be charged to use the pool for any single day will be capped at $25.

Pool parties are available Tues-Thurs, Sat-Sun from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Prices will be supplied upon request.  Please call Aaron at 270-422-2227.

*To be considered for child pricing, a guest must be 12 years old of age or younger.

Don Henley to be 2012 MAC Gala Guest Speaker

Individuals tickets to the 2012 MAC Matters Gala featuring Don Henley can now be purchased at 

Don Henley Performs at 2012 MAC Matters Gala

Tickets can be ordered online through April 23rd, while supplies last.    Due to the overwhelming response due to Mr. Henley being this year’s Guest of Honor, we encourage you to make plans to purchase your tickets earlier this year.    This will be the MAC most successful Gala event ever.

For further details or information regarding the MAC or Gala festivities, please feel free to give us a call at 270-422-2227.  We appreciate your commitment and support.

Meade Activity Center Launches New Web Site

The Meade Activity Center (MAC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the launch of its new web site (  The web site is designed to promote MAC membership and programs while providing up to date information about the MAC to residents of Meade and surrounding counties.

In an effort to make sharing information as easy as possible, the MAC is also expanding its social media reach.  Now in addition to a Facebook page, those interested can follow along on Twitter, or see photos from the MAC on Flickr,

The web site was designed and developed by Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce members Heartland Communications Consultants of Elizabethtown.