Keith Dawkins, new CEO of The First Tee, and three John Deere scholarship winners from The First Tee, will participate in a variety of activities at this year’s John Deere Classic, including playing in the Wednesday Pro-Am.
Dawkins, who officially took over leadership of The First Tee organization in January, is scheduled to take part in the second annual Lunch and Learn with a Pro fundraiser featuring PGA TOUR player William McGirt and Golf Channel personality Matt Adams. Proceeds of the luncheon benefit The First Tee of the Quad Cities.
Dawkins also is scheduled to participate in a number of activities with representatives of John Deere, which has been a sponsor of The First Tee since 2012.
This is the second year of the national John Deere Power for Good scholarship program, which is awarded to The First Tee participants age 14-18 who qualified based on their involvement in volunteerism and community betterment. In addition to playing in the Pro-Am with Dawkins, this year’s three winners will participate in a variety of VIP activities that will familiarize them with the world of golf and with John Deere.
“The John Deere Classic is honored to have Keith Dawkins and this year’s Power for Good scholarship winners join us this year,” said tournament director Clair Peterson. “Last year proved to be a tremendous experience for the young people who played in the pro-am and participated in other activities that broadened their understanding of John Deere.”
One of last year’s scholarship winners, Chandler Dorsey, an engineering student at Georgia Tech, also will attend this year’s John Deere Classic. He has a summer internship this year, working at John Deere’s Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa.