ROYAL PALM BEACH, Florida — Glen Beaver passes from child to child on the driving range of the Royal Palm Beach Commons Park.
Beaver teaches golf to over 100 children each week.
Beaver was recently named Coach of the Year by the First Tee’s Florida Gold Coast Program. The program aims to make sport accessible to all. Beaver leads one of the largest groups on the program.
“I had the advantage of being able to show people that they can believe in themselves,” he said.
The kids he coaches agree.
“It feels so good when you know you’re doing something right and he’s constantly telling you, ‘You have to work on this.’ And it’s finally paying off. It’s such a good feeling,” said Mateo Muniz.
Muniz began playing golf with Beaver and became a committed and competitive golfer.
“I fell in love with golf,” Muniz said. “I knew it was something I wanted to do.”
Jenni Atkins said she noticed the coach’s influence on her children.
“The kind of things that Coach Glen would teach through golf, it carries over into life,” she said. “He sets his expectations very high and my children are meeting them.”
Cherie Lee is also a mother. She said First Tee’s values and Beaver’s approach work well in her family.
“He always teaches them the nine core values of honesty, integrity and character,” she began to list.
Beaver said he was grateful for the chance to do this job and loved encouraging children to gain confidence.
“I come from a family that has a rare disease, so two of my brothers have it and one of my brothers passed away, so for me to be able to do this every day is just amazing,” did he declare. “I’m just very lucky.”