D’yan Robinson Selected for First Tee Innovators Forum

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RICHMOND, Va. (Aug. 28, 2021) – D’yan Robinson from First Tee — Greater Richmond has been selected to attend the First Tee Innovators Forum October 8–11 in San Jose, Calif. The forum will empower First Tee teens to develop a meaningful service project in their communities focusing on raising awareness on issues surrounding education, health and sustainability.

Robinson, 17, is a senior at Collegiate School in Richmond and has been a participant at First Tee – Greater Richmond for 12 years. Earlier this summer, she participated in the First Tee Game Changers Academy in Philadelphia, which focused on issues of diversity, equality and inclusion.

Interactive workshops and small breakout sessions during the forum will cover a variety of topics including the importance of community service, volunteerism, and environmental sustainability, and will be presented by experts in the respective fields. During the workshops, Robinson will have the opportunity to learn from global industry leaders at the three-day summit. At the end of the forum, a total of $32,000 will be awarded to eight attending participants to further their educational pursuits.

“Congratulations to D’yan on earning this national opportunity.” said Kelly McAnally, Chief Operating Officer of First Tee – Greater Richmond.  “D’yan is one of First Tee’s shining stars, having been part of the Game Changers Academy in addition to being a First Tee – Greater Richmond participant over the last 12 years. We’re excited for her to have another opportunity to meet with other like-minded participants from across the country and continue on her path of positively impacting lives in and around Richmond.”

Robinson is one of 28 participants selected to attend the Innovators Forum and was selected based on academic achievement, community service, chapter involvement, leadership, essay responses and letters of recommendation.

First Tee – Greater Richmond is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee – Greater Richmond creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do.

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