More Than a Game Gift

August 24, 2016

Following the Aug. 22 announcement of a unique collaboration which will benefit area youth to college-age students, Lynda Mann, center, presents a check from the YouthQuest Foundation to The First Tee of Aiken Chairman of the Board Tony Allman and USC Aiken Vice Chancellor for Advancement Mary Driscoll.  The gift will be used to build a nine-hole golf practice facility on the university campus which will be used by the USC Aiken men’s golf team and will provide a permanent home for The First Tee of Aiken, a non-profit organization aimed at facilitating youth development by providing education programs that build character, teach core values and promote healthy decision making.  Mann, co-founder and president of YouthQuest, says her organization provides “life-changing opportunities for at-risk youth, particularly high school dropouts and promotes academic and vocational development, along with the teaching of fundamental life skills to help these young people fulfill their potential as productive citizens.”   YouthQuest, headquartered in Chantilly, Va., has offices in Aiken, SC and Maryland.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.