Stark County Teen Selected for First Tee’s National Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy 96 teens tapped nationally to attend academy in Boise, Idaho July 24-30Canton, OH – June 13, 2019 – Maddox Kruger from First Tee of Canton is headed to the Joe Louis Barrow, Jr. Life Skills & Leadership Academy in Boise, Idaho July 24-30. Kruger will join more than 90 junior golfers, ages 14-17, from First Tee chapters around the country at the youth leadership event. Hosted by First Tee headquarters, the academy recognizes and rewards exceptional teen participants who are prepared to build upon leadership skills introduced through programs at First Tee chapters. Top coaches in First Tee’s network deliver the golf and leadership instruction that incorporate the First Tee’s Nine Core Values in a concentrated, week-long event. Participants build skills preparing them for success beyond the golf course. They will experience championship golf, career exploration, dorm living at Boise State University and meeting other teens from around the country sharing golf as their common bond. Kruger,15 will be a junior at Canton South High School. Active in First Tee of Canton for seven years, he is a Birdie level participant and member of his varsity golf and baseball teams. He is also in Canton South’s show choir, Sound of South and a member of Tri-M. Maddox is an academic award winner and a counselor for Camp Invention. He was a district qualifier in golf finishing 13th out of 72 golfers. “We are excited to have Maddox represent First Tee of Canton at this year’s Life Skills Academy,” states Terry Taylor, Program Director. “Maddox is joining an elite group of participants from our chapter that have been selected each of the last six years.” First Tee is a youth development organization dedicated to helping youth build character through the game of golf. Through in-school and after-school programs, it helps shape young people’s lives by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance embedded in the game of golf.