Jun 16, 2021


by Kelly Thompson

IF The First Tee of Greater Charlotte Could Talk

If Buildings Could Talk is a podcast that explores the untold stories behind buildings in Charlotte and how the design of these spaces impacts the lives of individuals and the success of our city. The podcast is part of the Queen City Podcast Network.  Subscribe now and listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify or wherever you get your podcasts. We’re excited to have you join us!

Today’s episode of If Buildings Could Talk focuses on providing young people in our community with the opportunity to learn the game of life through the game of golf. With an emphasis on character-building and healthy habits, First Tee of Greater Charlotte focuses on the inherent values learned through golf to help prepare and shape our future leaders. Joining us on this episode is Ike Grainger, former First Tee Executive Director, who partnered with Phil Kuttner, Little’s CEO, on the design of First Tee of Greater Charlotte’s initial learning center. Also joining the conversation is Ian Bollinger, First Tee’s Director of Golf Operations, along with former student, Sameer Aery, and current student, Savannah Chiddick, who share how they’ve experienced personal growth by participating in the First Tee program.


Kelly Thompson

Beginning her communications career in television broadcasting, Kelly ditched the idea of fame and fortune – but remains convinced that fortune will come from her occasional purchase of a lottery ticket. A member of Little’s marketing team and mom of three tykes, Kelly is known to put on a toe tapping, finger snapping clogging performance when the empty soda cans wedged on her feet fit just right.

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