Sadie Martinez-Clavijo was selected as the only Connecticut representative for the First Tee Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit, being held in Nashville, Tenn., later this month.
The young Latina is a senior at Norwest Catholic High School in West Hartford and was selected because of her outstanding achievement in academics, golf, and community service. NWC Athletic Director Matthew Martorelli spoke highly of her, “Sadie has worked extremely hard both in the classroom and in the community over the past four years and that work has paid off.”
Her involvement with The First Tee of Connecticut and accomplishments as a golfer, make Sadie the idea candidate to represent the State of Connecticut. She has been a member of The First Tee of Connecticut since she was seven years old, and she is also a member of the Northwest Catholic Girls’ Golf Team.
Sadie said, “I am super excited to be an attendee in the very first The First Tee national leadership summit. I look forward to going to Nashville as it will be a great opportunity to get insights on leadership skills from so many people from across the country. I know what I learn at The Summit will help The First Tee of Connecticut back home and help me as I further my education to pursue a degree in criminal justice.”
Now 18, Sadie is looking at colleges to pursue a degree in criminal justice. She participated in The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in 2010 and serves as an Assistant Coach for PLAYer and Par Level classes in Cromwell and Hartford. She also volunteers in the community and is the captain of her high school golf team. Sadie’s parents dream of the “American dream” for their children has already started as her older brother Daniel, a TFTCT alumni, works at ESPN.
Sadie will participate alongside 31 other representatives from around the country. The selection process was based upon letters of recommendation, an essay, and leadership experience. The event will be held Feb. 28 to March 2 in Nashville.