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Former President Pays Visit To Georgetown

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

Georgetown College played host to a former President of the United States on Friday.

The dedication ceremony for the George H. W. Bush Center for Fitness included not only our nation's 41st president but Georgetown students who came out of The First Tee program. It helps develop integrity in young people from all backgrounds through golf.

Former President Bush told the hundreds in attendance, "It's a real inspiration to me that Georgetown has accomplished so much in partnership with The First Tee."

Georgetown College was the first college in America to provide scholarships for young people who completed that program.

Georgetown College President Dr. William Crouch told 27 NEWSFIRST, "We promised President Bush that we would raise one point five million dollars to endow those scholarships so that this program would always be here at Georgetown. "

The elder Bush said, "As much at I appreciate this honor which has been bestowed upon me here, I'm doubly pleased that i t coincides with the completion of the college's scholarship endowment drive."

Dr.Crouch is a college president with decidedly southern roots, but he has made a determined effort to assure that diversity is a part of Georgetown College.

"The First Tee Scholar Program can bring us diversity not only in terms of race but also geographics because these kids are coming from all over the United States," said Dr. Crouch.

In the audience Friday, after coming all the way from his home in Florida, was Chris Hawkins. He's former First Tee participant who accepted a scholarship to Georgetown and graduated as part of the class of 2007.

Hawkins is about to launch his own career teaching golf.

"The First Tee has given me an opportunity to see a new part of town, to get an education at a fine institution like Georgetown and to go on and be a part of a great organization like the PGA of America," he said.

Before flying to Louisville to cheer on the U.S. in the Ryder Cup, former President Bush said, "This proves that the Points of Light spirit as I called it when I was President is alive and well in America today and is helping to transfer the values of the game of golf to future generations."


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