Vinny Kabaso: First Tee – Greater San Antonio Program Ambassador

Vinny Kabaso with First Tee – Greater San Antonio participant, Jack Polansky

Vincent Kabaso is the first PGA golf professional from Zambia. His path to PGA membership has been highlighted by Golf Digest magazine and was recognized in the US House of Congress for his achievements. He is also a published author of the book titled Raised by the World which highlights his journey to PGA membership from Zambia. Vincent currently serves as the First Tee’s Program Ambassador and has positively impacted the lives of over 350 youth just in the past year.

Tell us a little bit about your role as First Tee Program Ambassador.

My role is primarily focused on supporting our participants to develop essential life skills while also playing an active role in their career development. I am also tasked with identifying new program partners especially within lower income school districts. We have three new school partners this winter.

What do you value most about your work with the First Tee?

Playing an active mentorship role and seeing the impact of our program on out participants and their families

What kind of impact do you hope to have on our participants?

I want to be a go to person for all of their needs: career questions, development needs, and general youth development advise

What impact has golf had on your life?

Life changing, from the opportunity to travel and see the world to having the opportunities to give back in many different forms, I simply wouldn’t be close to where I am without the game of golf.

What do you think is the importance of implementing our nine core values/life skills curriculum in our lesson plans for our participants?

I think the core values are really the key to everything we do. The First Tee has a phenomenal record of helping in the development of young men and women who have integrated in society with distinction. The ultimate lesson about how to become a better and responsible human being far supersedes any athletic talent or achievement and being a part of that process is a great privilege.