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Hadsall Chosen to Attend First Tee Summit

January 15, 2014

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MACOMB, IL - Hailea Hadsall, from The First Tee of Western Illinois University, has been selected to attend The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits Summit in La Quinta, CA, Jan. 12-15.

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits Summit is sponsored by Humana, GoHealth, The First Tee of Greater Chicago chapter and the Illinois Support Youth Golf license plate. It is a new and interactive educational event aimed at inspiring teens to take ownership of their own health and contribute to healthier communities.

During the summit, participants will hear from industry experts on the principals of emotional, physical and social wellness. They will also have the honor of participating in Chelsea Clinton's Day of Action and attending the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference during the early part of the Humana Challenge tournament week. They will also have the opportunity to interact with the management team of the Humana Challenge golf tournament to gain insights of how a PGA Tour event is organized and managed from behind the scenes.

Hadsall, 17, is a senior at Macomb High School and has been active in the First Tee Program for 10 years.

"I am excited to participate in this once in a lifetime experience. The First Tee has provided me with values and skills that I will use throughout my life, and I am looking forward to learning about the 9 Healthy Habits," Hadsall said.

At Macomb High School Hadsall, participates in numerous activities, including golf, choir, Rotary Interact Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and Math Team. She is a three time-state qualifier in golf and four-time low stroke average on the MHS golf team. She has also received the President Volunteer Service Award.

"Hailea is a fantastic candidate to represent our chapter," said Lia Lukkarinen, program director of The First Tee of WIU. "Her commitment to personal development and helping our community is one of the main reasons she was selected for this honor. Hailea is a smart, dedicated student, as well as a talented golfer and will be a great addition to this Summit."

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