First Tee — Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer, Patty Lusheck Ragio

Ragio to lead chapter in empowering kids and teens to build strength of character through life skills programs

CINCINNATI, Ohio (February 8, 2023) – First Tee — Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky (GC&NKY) announced today that Patricia “Patty” Lusheck Ragio has joined the youth development organization as the Chief Executive Officer to further its efforts of empowering kids and teens to build their strength of character through golf.

“We are so excited to have Patty lead our First Tee Chapter.  Patty’s deep ties to the area and her commitment to helping young people be the best version of themselves made her the perfect fit as we look to build on the phenomenal growth that the Chapter has experienced over the past five years,” said Board President Sarah Sparks Herron.

Patty previously worked in development roles at the University of Cincinnati, as well as Mount St. Joseph University.  She also led the combination of Mother of Mercy and McAuley High Schools as President.  For the past two years, Patty has been an independent consultant.

“I’m honored and thrilled to partner with our wonderful staff, volunteers, board, donors and national network to continue to build and secure opportunities for our region’s youth to build character and leadership skills through golf. Today we serve over 20,000 youth in Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Miami Valley. Tomorrow we will witness their success because of the life skills learned and relationships forged through First Tee programs.”

About First Tee — Great Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Founded in 2006, First Tee — GC&NKY impacts young people in Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, Warren, Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.  In 2022, First Tee – GC&NKY served more than 20,000 young people in the community through program locations at 10 golf courses and 70 schools and in collaboration with 21 community partners. Its character-building programs are geared toward kids and teens ages 7 to 18, helping build their inner strength, self-confidence and resilience to prepare them to tackle all of life’s challenges. Using the game of golf as the platform, participants learn critical life skills to help them grow socially, emotionally and academically.

First Tee — GC&NKY is one of 150 chapters across the First Tee network. These character education programs are offered at golf courses, schools and youth centers in all 50 states and six international locations.  For more information on First Tee — Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, visit or call (513) 988-7226.



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