Veteran Spotlight: Kyle Hawkins, First Tee – Greater San Antonio Parent & Volunteer

This Veterans Day, we thank and honor all who have served our country. Thank you for your service! We especially wanted to spotlight one our parents who is a Veteran, Parent and Volunteer at one of our program locations!

We are happy to provide opportunities for families like the Hawkins throughout our 8 program locations. Read more about the Hawkin’s experience with First Tee – Greater San Antonio and how it has impacted their lives below!

“Golf is a terrifically frustrating game – it teaches you so many life lessons and good habits, while enjoying the outdoors.  I didn’t pick up my first golf club until my junior year of high school, but quickly became obsessed.  I continued to play when I could in college, but priorities were about to change for me.  I attended Duke University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, and I distinctly remember my first day in uniform was a Tuesday – September 11, 2001.  Once on active duty, I was fortunate to experience several areas of the Navy, from running experiments for the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Lab, to organizing the training for a fleet of minesweeper crews. 

I now have a 9-year-old daughter who has been showing interest in golf for a couple of years now, and the more I learned about the First Tee, the more I saw an opportunity for not only her, but myself as well.  As a volunteer and parent, I was able to get an up-close look at the energy and growth the kids bring, and hopefully in the process share some my own passion for the game.  It was amazing to see the improvement they made after only seven weeks, and I hope they got as much out of the class as I did.”