Congratulations are in order for several members of our First Tee-Howard County community who were honored earlier this month at the Celebration of Sports Banquet, hosted by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. This annual event honors members of the Howard County community who have represented the best side of sports through good sportsmanship, athleticism, inclusiveness, leadership, coaching and mentoring.
At the banquet on October 18, the following First Tee community members were honored:
- Clare Bowen was awarded Participant of the Year
- Lou Ann Maclay was awarded Coach of the Year
- Karin Van Slyke was awarded Administrator of the Year
Our chapter’s leader, Don Van Deusen, also received the distinct honor of being inducted into the Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame. Don has been an anchor for youth in our community since the early 1970s, as a teacher, coach, and athletic director, and now as the executive director of First Tee-Howard County. Don also helped launch the Allied Golf Program in 2015 to make the game of golf accessible to kids of all abilities. We are proud to have this remarkable leader on our team!