Businessmen—like the ones at O’Sullivan Law Firm—often take to the green for a round of golf to relax, bond with each other and enjoy some physical activity (and the weather!). The benefits of golf are unfortunately often missed out on by Colorado’s youths, which is why the O’Sullivan Law Firm has partnered with The First Tee of Denver to offer a $10,000 college scholarship to a qualified participant of the program.
The First Tee of Denver is a program that aims to educate and inspire youth academically, socially and physically through the game of golf. It uses the unique challenges of the game to work with and through schools to assist in the academic development of the boys and girls in the program. The First Tee has helped introduce inner city and disadvantaged youths to the game through its wide variety of classes for all ages.
Scott O’Sullivan, attorney at O’Sullivan Law, has served as president of the board at The First Tee of Denver since 2008. On funding the scholarship, Mr. O’Sullivan said that he is “proud to be a part of this important organization and honored to be able to assist in our participants’ futures.”
The winner of the $10,000 scholarship will be announced at 6 p.m. on February 20, 2014, at City Park Golf Course. The two finalists, both of whom will be in attendance at the event, are Brooke Barlock and Maggie Hartman. Brooke and Maggie have both represented The First Tee of Denver at leadership conferences in Florida and New York, respectively.
Brooke, a senior at Regis Jesuit High School, has worked at The First Tee of Denver for the past three summers teaching golf lessons and valuable life skills to young children. In addition to her work, Brooke has a long list of academic achievements and participates in extensive community service and extracurricular activities.
Maggie is a freshman at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been involved with The First Tee of Denver for more than 12 years, and credits the program for encouraging her confidence and determination. Maggie is an ambassador for young participants in First Tee programs and has served as a tutor and mentor to hundreds of children.
“I have been looking for an opportunity to give back to the program that I love so much in a meaningful way,” Mr. O’Sullivan said. In fact, in recognition of the program’s good work and the finalists’ charitable efforts, O’Sullivan Law has prepared a surprise for the ceremony—but everyone, even the First Tee staff, will have to wait and see just what it is.