In 1972, Domenic Gatto founded Atlantic Express Transportation Corp., a small school bus business in New York.
Domenic Gatto: First Tee
Founder and CEO of Atlantic Express Transportation Corporation, Domenic Gatto, also serves as the chairman of the Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in New Jersey. Combining his love for the game of golf with his pursuit of private philanthropy, Domenic Gatto supports the First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, a non-profit organization that seeks to affect the lives of children through golf. Golf offers many benefits to those who pursue the sport, and children who golf develop skills they will use throughout a lifetime, such as perseverance, integrity, respect, and courtesy, all of which are inherent in the game. The First Tee program is a national organization providing facilities and instruction to bring golf into the lives of children.
Aimed at teaching nine core values; integrity, honesty, responsibility, courtesy, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect, judgment, and confidence, the First Tee program reaches out to youths from all walks of life, providing them with the opportunities to grow personally through sport. The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties takes place at the Colonial Terrace Golf Course in Ocean Township, New Jersey. Formed in 2005, the local program provides learning facilities and instructions for children aged 8 to 17 who might not have access to golf without the First Tee. O
n both national and local levels, the First Tee also sponsors a scholars program, which provides college scholarships to program participants who demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership, character development, and community involvement. To learn more about the First Tee program, visit thefirsttee.org.
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