Y Heroes: Gerry Jones, Jr., The First Tee of Hampton Roads

1 February 2017

At the age of 3, Gerry Jones, Jr. was introduced to the great game of golf, thanks to his Father, Gerry Jones. Sr. At 5, he began his golf career with The First Tee of Hampton Roads. As an active participant for the past 10 years, he successfully completed all of the recommended levels of The First Tee’s curriculum and is certified through the Eagle and Championship level. In 2017, Gerry will become an ACE level participant, the highest level available for golfers under the age of 18 in our National organization. His golf resume includes The PGA Junior League, VSGA, AJGA and has many tournament accolades to his name.

Gerry thrives academically, especially in Math and Science and he’s an accomplished violinist and pianist, as well.Gerry has become a coach and mentor to young golfers throughout the program... he spends most of his time volunteering and teaching at our golf program location in Suffolk and in Virginia Beach. He began a journey through the American Junior Golf Association and became active with the Leadership Links Project. His choice of where to raise money for his Leadership Project...The First Tee of Hampton Roads. With the assistance of his very supportive parents, Gerry organized a Golf-A Thon. In his first year he played 50 holes and raised over $6,500. In 2016, he played 70 holes with another young and raised over $10,000, thanks to matching funds from the USGA. 

As a part of our 2017 Annual Giving Campaign, we are showcasing a different person (or family) at each of our family centers. We are calling this our Y Heroes project. This video platform is a way for us to highlight people and/or program areas that have been positively impacted by the dollars we raise as a non-profit organization and relate back to each community our Association serves.

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