January 2018
YAC NAMED
Our all-time favorite New Year’s resolution
They call me Mr. Nate
Staff Resolutions
Three people you should know

Birth of a YAC
Angelina, Noah, Drew, Michael, Sammie, Cassidy and Klaire (not pictured) pretty much grew up with The First Tee. “I can’t believe two of you actually drove here this morning,” said Brad Munn, who has coached this group in various configurations since the chapter’s beginning.In December, these “veterans” formed The First Tee’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The idea is to get their perspectives and ideas on how to attract and keep teens a part of The First Tee.YAC plans to meet once a month at The Learning Center in Vitense Golfland. “Who knows where YAC will lead?” says Brad. “But we’ll certainly learn a lot about what this age group is looking for from us and how we can shape what we do to what they’re looking for.”

Check back with LEADERBOARD to learn about YAC’s activities.

Our all-time favorite New Year’s resolution
You may remember last summer when then 11-year old Alex Weiss played 90 holes to raise more than $5,000 for The First Tee. Last month, Alex told LEADERBOARDthe challenge is on for 2018–only his new goal is to play 108 holes in one day at Bishops Bay Country Club. “Partly I feel it’s tradition,” says Alex. “Because the last three years I’ve been playing one more round each year and I feel like I had some left over daylight from last year. And also I wanted to inspire some of the younger kids that are going through The First Tee programs to give back to the community.”We’re certainly inspired, Alex.
They call me Mr. Nate
Nate Savado, or as the students in The First Tee’s Learning Centers call him “Mr. Nate,” has worked with youth in our community since he moved his family from Chicago to Madison 11 years ago.  Today, as The First Tee’s Outreach Manager, Nate oversees two Learning Centers (soon to be three) and works to connect The First Tee brand with the community. He took a recess from our after-school programs to talk to LEADERBOARD.It’s not easy being a Bears fan
I would have to say being a Bears fan and working with all Packers fans can be a challenge especially after game days. Seriously, I think the biggest challenge is changing the way a kid thinks about reading and math. I know the change agent is there. We just have to be there for positive reinforcement.It can keep you up at night
My goal for The First Tee is build the brand. Ultimately we need to help our participants change their mindset about math and reading. I see far too often that kids shut down easily or just give up. I want a kid to look back and say “Wow!” The First Tee has helped me learn the game of golf but most important is what is 9 times 7. I want The First Tee to touch as many youth as possible. We have to understand that for almost every kid that graduates there are some dropping out. If just one of those students says The First Tee made an impact on my life, I would then feel I completed this goal.

All in the family
I have been married 18 years to my wife Latriece. We have two kids, ages 22 and 21. We also have 2 grand kids: The one and half year old thinks he pays all the bills and the seven month-old is just so sweet. They both live with us. I thought my wife and I would be empty nesters by age 38. As you can see that is not happening.

When I’m not chasing grandchildren
I love to fish for whatever I can catch. I am a big video gamer (PS4), play basketball and now golf.

Da Bears
The Bears will be in the Playoffs next season is what I tell myself every year. That’s the joy of being a Chicago Bears fan!!! GOOO Bears!

Three people you should know
This January three new members joined The First Tee Board of Directors.Sarah DeKraay

  • Family law attorney at Murphy Desmond in Madison
  • Wisconsin State Girls High School Champion at JI Case in Racine
  • Big Ten Champion at University of Indiana

“I strongly believe golf is a way to empower young girls in learning life long skills. I look forward to being a volunteer on the Board so I can offer support and ideas to further the objectives of The First Tee.”


Brian Burns

  • Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Murphy Media operating WISC-TV, Channel 3000, Madison Magazine, TVW, Phase 3 Digital, CBS affiliate in La Crosse, and radio stations in Platteville, Lancaster and Dubuque.
  • Avid golfer

“I jumped at the chance to help. Kids plus golf made it really easy to know that The First Tee was the place to give my time. I can’t wait to help explore all the ways The First Tee can help our community.”


Mike McKenna

  • Retired executive with Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer working in corporate accounting, community relations and transportation management
  • Loaned Executive with the United Way of Dane County
  • Assistant Boys Golf Coach at Edgewood High School
  • Event Director for the Madison High School Boys All City Golf Banquet

“I joined The First Tee as a volunteer because I believe that the goals and mission of this chapter can make a real positive impact on the lives of our young people.”