This month on The SPARK our theme is “Building Character through Sports.” We’ll learn more about an organization using golf as a catalyst for character and life-skills building; a championship golf course giving back in big ways as the home of the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic; and the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports ministry in America. We’ll also share a special moment from our SPARK Awards 2015.
Kevin Nathaniel, Executive Director with Memphis Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Nyrone Hawkins, Executive Director of The First Tee of Memphis
Jon Goin, General Manager of TPC Southwind
Nick Kuenneke, Head Golf Professional at TPC Southwind
Playing in organized sports teaches children many important life lessons, like teamwork, responsibility, respect, and perseverance. Sports help children build confidence and form friendships while shaping their work ethic and discipline to succeed; but it starts with access…and organizations like the First Tee of Memphis, which is providing an outlet for our inner-city youth to learn and enjoy the game of golf, regardless of their financial situation, are paving the way. The key to our success as a community is focusing on the life-skills application, to teach children how to face challenges in a constructive manner and work with others to live a healthy life. It means teaching youth how to be leaders on and off the field and empowering adults and coaches to serve, like we saw with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Then, it’s leveraging our sports and sporting events to give back, like TPC Southwind does with their Birdies for the Brave and FedEx St. Jude Classic. When we build character through sports, we all win.