Alex Ray started volunteering with the First Tee of Greater Austin in 2011.
"We are at the Harvey Penick Golf Campus," Ray said. "It's the home of the First Tee."
Ray coaches the Saturday morning program in the fall and spring.
"I love so many things about it, being on the golf course, being around the game of golf, being with the kids and helping to coach them and seeing their growth through the course of the program," he said. "End of the program, they're more confident and social and see their improvement with their golf swing."
The kids also have a 98 percent high school graduation rate if they stay in the program for two years. Some kids pay for the instruction, and others receive scholarships.
Ray says his role models inspired him to volunteer.
"Jennifer, the executive director here, she's superwoman; she's an amazing lady," he said. "Got to walk 18 holes with Gary Player, and he's really become an inspiration of mine."
It's a way for Ray to do something he loves while giving back at the same time.
"It's a good reminder of the big picture to do this once a week," he said. "It really helps to give me that balance. It's a great way to expose everybody from all walks of life to the game."