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The Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year Award is annually given to a member of the Toyota TGA Junior Tour that embodies the giving spirit and commitment that Vince Gill has shown to various charities including junior golf. Many junior golfers dedicate their time and efforts to help volunteer for organizations in their respective hometowns and the Junior Tour would like to annually recognize one of it’s members and honor them with this award.

 

Vince Gill moved to Tennessee in 1983 in order to further his music career and became a chart and sales success later in the decade. It wasn’t long before Vince gained a reputation as an entertainer charities could count on for support. Besides hosting The Vinny, Vince has hosted the T.J. Martell Golf Tournament benefiting cancer and leukemia research, Belmont University’s music program and numerous other causes.

 

Vince has received many awards to honor his commitments to various charities and organizations. Some of these include the 2001 naming of The First Tee facility in Nashville as the VinnyLinks, the 2003 PGA of America Distinguished Service Award, and in 2005 the Tennessee Golf Foundation inducted Vince as their 24th member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.


The Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year Award is handed out annually at the winners respective season-ending championship.

Click here to access the 2014 Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year Award nomination form. 


2014 Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year 

Andrew Briggs (Dandridge, TN)

From His Parents - "Volunteering in the community began early in life for Andrew. While he was in elementary school, caroling during Christmas at the local nursing home was an annual event he enjoyed. During his middle school years, the basketball team sold poinsettias and delivered them to the residents of the nursing home. The players spent an entire morning visiting and delivering to the patients. Andrew always came home with great stories he heard while visiting with the elderly. I've always thought of Andrew as an "old soul". He loves to spend time with older individuals and discuss the issues of the world. Andrew also helped to organize the clothing for the Coats for the Cold his 7th and 8th grade years. 

One of Andrew's proudest and most enjoyable opportunities involves the recreational leagues of the local baseball, basketball and football associations for the past several years. Andrew has been a volunteer coach for T-ball for 1 year and coach pitch baseball for 3 years. In addition, he has volunteered to assist in coaching a basketball team for 4 years. On the football field for 2 seasons, he was a volunteer coach as well as the players' biggest fan. The players on these teams ranged in age from 4 to 9. I think many of the parents enjoyed watching Andrew coach and "fire the kids up" as much as they enjoyed watching the games. He loves working with the younger kids and watching them progress. Countless hours have been spent with these youngsters from the multiple practices to the multiple games each week. 

Recently, he has taken on the role of golf coach with his younger brother Eli. Andrew's mission is to make Eli into a golfer with the many hours he spends with him at the course chipping and putting. Many afternoons they can be seen working on golf skills around the "green and chipping area" in their backyard. By the way, Andrew created that "green and chipping area" with the lawnmower and shovel!

More recently at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Andrew volunteered for 2 days to assist in the collection and delivery of vases and baskets for Random Acts of Flowers, an organization that recycles and repurposes donated flowers. 

Andrew just has a big heart. He's always looking to help others. He holds the doors for others as they enter. He asks to go to his grandparents so they he may help on the farm. He thrives whenever teachers ask him to help with tasks. Andrew enbodies what a volunteer should be"