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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  • by WW Location: Georgetown on Sep 23, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    Keith Olbermann is great. He is fantastic at putting Bush (who puts the duh in W) well in his place.
  • by Brian Location: Ashland on Sep 23, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    WW, I can see that you didn't read EVERYTHING in my post did you? After NUMEROUS years of left leaning carping from the mainstream drive-by media, I was simply saying that FOX shows up with a decent representation of the other side of things. I never said that either side was completely right or wrong. Ann Coulter? Take a good look at the spawn of George Soros, Keith Olbermann. He either needs to settle down and finally become a credible journalist, or just go on back to ESPN and irritate the country from there! God help me, he actually makes Chris Matthews seem tolerable!
  • by mj Location: To Mel on Sep 23, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    You aren't alone, but you are post 9/11 and the world we live in did change.
  • by Thankful Mom on Sep 23, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    The main point is being overlooked. I know we all have our opinions on our economy and past, present and future presidents. The thing being overlooked is what the college will be offering. As a disabled mother of a Georgetown College student I can tell you I have the greatest appreciation for Georgetown College and the fact that they are making my daughter's education possible with school scholarshipsin addition to pell grants and our local community scholarships, leaving very little on student loans. If this program offers education to young people that is great!!! That is the real point! You may not like the former president and you have the right to your opinion but look to the purpose and be thankful, you never know when it might be your family memeber that is helped next. To those who will say something free handed out, that is not the case my daughter has worked very hard to get where she is and is so deserving of this chance. She maintains a 3.5 GPA. I am proud of her!!!
  • by kymom Location: lexington on Sep 23, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    Let's see...a president who spent his time in office trying to actually fulfill the duties of president and run this ungrateful country, or, a man who had to spend much of his time in office trying to convince the American people that he "did not have *** with that woman"! That's a no-brainer!
  • by steve Location: irvine on Sep 22, 2008 at 04:37 PM
    Boy i must hit where it hurts McCain Paling 08. This is to white woman for the socialist thug oh yea i never said i was a teacher and if i was i would home school its better than the liberals teaching our children skulls full of mush but change is on the way lib's.
  • by The Real Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 22, 2008 at 03:22 PM
    For the record, you should all know by now that I am pretty conservative. I didn't post the tripe below. Brian, my friend, CLASSIC! LOVE IT! Keep preaching it, bro!
  • by WW on Sep 22, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    Riiiight. Balance. Especially when they have Ann Coulter on, huh? She's gotta be Fred Phelps daughter.
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 22, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    Maybe I'm alone in this, but my expenses are a LOT worse over the last 8 years; I can't see any area of my life that hasn't been affected financially during this time; gas, food, insurance, and I have a house I'd have to take a loss on to sale today. Looking back 8 years, I was far better off personally and really, who is fit or fat is not my concern. I just want my income to be sufficient to pay my bills, and it's becoming harder and harder...over the last 8 years.
  • by Brian Location: Ashland on Sep 21, 2008 at 04:10 PM
    WW....you speak of the "Kool Aid" From FOX? Don't forget the flavors offered from CNN as well as the newer, more sour flavor coming from MSNBC as well as NBC itself. Those outlets have been pouring COPIOUS amounts of their vile Kool Aid for MANY years before FOX ever showed up to balance things out. I am NOT saying they are always right, far from it as all of their competitors are far from always right, but, its just nice NOT to be fed a constant diet of left wing garbage.
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