‘‘ ‘‘ “I saw the creation of the [varsity girls golf] team as a great way to advocate for equality in the world of sports.” – Meghna MAKING HER MARK When Meghna Mazumdar was named First Tee’s Outstanding Participant of the Year in 2017, we knew she was well on her way to making her mark in the world. The eight young people selected as finalists for the national award come from across our 150 chapters, and all exemplify the strength of character that First Tee seeks to build through its programs. Now a high school junior who has been involved in First Tee of Connecticut since she was seven, Meghna has amassed an impressive resume, including winning a First Tee essay contest that resulted in her playing with Rory McIlroy in the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am, and becoming personal pen pals with Warren Buffet. In her freshman year at South Windsor High, Meghna wanted to play on the varsity golf team but her school only offered a team for boys. So Meghna set out to start a girls’ team where those interested in golf, like herself, could learn, grow and compete within the sport. Channeling her goal-setting skills honed through First Tee, Meghna successfully raised $30,000 to support three years of initial funding. Since then the school district officially added varsity girls golf to their lineup. Next up, Meghna is considering ways she can help bring First Tee’s National School Program to her town’s four elementary schools as her senior capstone project. Thank you, Meghna, for being such a strong advocate of First Tee and for making such a lasting impact on your community! You go, girl!

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