81 Grassroots Organizations Awarded a Total of $750,000 in Grants through Industry’s ‘Make Golf Your Thing’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative

By BlackPressUSA

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – 81 grassroots golf organizations will receive a total of $750,000 in funding to further their efforts to engage underrepresented populations of the sport. These groups (*full list below) are being awarded with a grant through Make Golf Your Thing, the industry’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in making the sport more welcome for all.

Initially introduced in 2021 (by the Make Golf Your Thing youth & adult player development work group), the grant program to date has provided 155 grants to 111 unique grassroots organizations, totaling more than $1 million overall (May 2021: 43 grants totaling $150,000; Jan. 2022: 31 grants totaling $150,000).

The program was established to support organizations dedicated to increasing participation among golf’s underrepresented populations (i.e., Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous communities, as well as women, LGBTQI+ individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities).

“When the game comes together and pools every resource to grow and broaden the reach of the game, only great things can happen,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA and executive sponsor of the youth & adult player development work group for Make Golf Your Thing.

“This unifying movement is helping to make a difference in communities across America and advance the game in ways none of us can do alone.”

“Access to golf in a business context is a pathway to opportunity,” said Anna Alvarez Boyd, co-founder of FairWays to Leadership (one of the 81 grant recipients).

“Our group’s mission is to increase diversity in business and in golf by teaching college students from diverse backgrounds the skills they need to become effective leaders. The financial commitment of the grant program to organizations like ours will only further golf’s collective efforts to bring new and diverse audiences into our sport.”

The grant program is part of the industry’s broader commitment to making the sport more inclusive for all. Last month, a new Make Golf Your Thing search directory was launched for consumers, consisting of more than 8,400 registered golf programs and organizations across the U.S.

The directory allows individuals to search for programs and events using filters such as location, age, ability, gender, etc., giving new and diverse audiences an opportunity to become more engaged in the sport through programs in their own community.

Formally launched in May 2021, Make Golf Your Thing is the industry’s movement to make golf accessible to individuals from all backgrounds.

Led by six cross-industry work groups, the initiative is specifically focused on: education & skill development, talent acquisition, procurement, human resources, youth & adult player development, and marketing/communications.

Funding for the grant program is being administered by the American Golf Industry Coalition, a partnership among golf’s leading organizations to promote and advocate for the collective interests of the sport.

Financial support for the program is led by a contingent of industry supporters committed to making the sport more welcoming and inclusive for all.

About Make Golf Your Thing

A multi-faceted, multi-year movement, Make Golf Your Thing is a collaborative effort across the industry to invite more people to golf from all backgrounds.

Six cross-industry work groups are committed to making the sport more diverse, equitable and inclusive, with a specific focus on: education & skill development, talent acquisition, procurement, human resources, youth & adult player development, and marketing/communications. For more, www.makegolfyourthing.org.

About the American Golf Industry Coalition

The American Golf Industry Coalition advocates on behalf of golf’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; environmental and sustainability initiatives; contributions to the economy (local and national); health and wellness benefits, as well as charitable giving.

The organization unites the golf industry in pursuit of goals designed to enhance the vitality and diversity of both the business and recreational levels of the sport. The American Golf Industry Coalition is a division of the World Golf Foundation.

To learn more, visit www.golfcoalition.org.

Grassroots Organization City/Town State

A Perfect Swing Foundation Inc. Charlotte NC

Adaptive Golfers North Myrtle Beach SC

Annika Foundation Orlando FL

Be Counted On Foundation Gahanna OH

Black College Golf Coaches Association Vestavia AL

Button Hole Providence RI

Cameron Champ Foundation Citrus Heights CA

CitySwing Foundation Washington D.C.

County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Alhambra CA

DC on the Green McKinney AL

Edu-Sports Academy Willingboro NJ

El Dorado High School Golf Team El Paso TX

Excel Youth Academy Lawrenceville GA

FabNewport, Inc Newport RI

FairWays to Leadership, Inc. Orlando FL

First Tee – Central Florida Orlando FL

First Tee – Central Mississippi Flowood MS

First Tee – Greater Charleston Mt. Pleasant SC

First Tee – Greater Richmond Richmond VA

First Tee – Greater Sacramento (Sacramento Area Youth Golf Association) Sacramento CA

First Tee – Greater Trenton Trenton NJ

First Tee – Greater Tyler Bullard TX

First Tee – Greater Washington, DC Washington D.C.

First Tee – Greater Wichita Wichita KS

First Tee – Indiana Indianapolis IN

First Tee – Jersey Shore Point Pleasant NJ

First Tee – North Florida (Rising Leaders of North Florida, Inc.) St. Augustine FL

First Tee – Omaha (Hogan’s Junior Golf Heroes) Omaha NE

First Tee – Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA

First Tee – Southeastern New Mexico Roswell NM

First Tee – Tennessee Knoxville TN

First Tee – Triangle Raleigh NC

First Tee – Tulsa (Youth Development of Tulsa) Tulsa OK

First Tee – West Michigan (Lake Michigan Junior Golf Association) Kentwood MI

Fore Life Inc. Lauderhill FL

Fore the Ladies Sylvania OH

Future Successors Atlanta GA

Gator Junior Golf Association Gainesville FL

Girls Golf of America, Inc. Greensboro NC

Golf. My Future. My Game. Washington D.C.

Greater Cleveland Junior Golf Scholarship Fund Bedford OH

Harris Park Midtown Sports & Activity Center Kansas City MO

Hi-Tee Junior Little League Golf Program Renton WA

Hit It Straight Golf Academy Homewood IL

I AM a Golfer Foundation Dallas TX

iGolf4VETS, Inc. Riverview FL

Inland Golf Academy Riverside CA

Inner City Youth Golfers’ Inc. Palm Beach Gardens FL

Inspiring Greatness In You Covington GA

Jackson Park Golf Association Chicago IL

Ladies of Futurity, Inc West Palm Beach FL

Latina Golfers Association Foundation Los Angeles CA

Little Linksters Sorrento FL

Matrix Human Services Detroit MI

Michigan Women’s Golf Association Detroit MI

Midnight Golf Program Bingham Farms MI

Milwaukee Area Youth Golf Academy, Inc. Glendale WI

Moore-Myers Children’s Fund Jacksonville FL

My Vision Golf Fayetteville GA

New Jersey Golf Foundation Inc. Bedminster NJ

Next 18 Fox Point WI

Northern Texas PGA Foundation – Fairway to Success Dallas TX

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. New York NY

Par Excellence Youth Development Huntsville AL

Range Fore Hope Foundation Blythewood SC

Rose Hill Schools Rose Hill KS

Southern California Golf Association – Junior Golf Foundation Studio City CA

Southern Area Youth Program, Inc. Los Angeles CA

Special Olympics Connecticut Hamden CT

SwingPals, Inc. Durham NC

Ted Rhodes Foundation, Inc. Chicago IL

The Caddie & Leadership Academy Kenosha WI

The Darby Foundation Lafayette LA

The Glove Foundation Mobile AL

The Honors Junior Golf Program Corona CA

The Pinkney Foundation Pittsburg CA

Upstate-Carolina Adaptive Golf Greenville SC

Western States Junior Golf Association Las Vegas NV

Women Golfers Give Back Plymouth Meeting PA

Women in Golf Foundation, Inc. Ellenwood GA

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