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81 grassroots organizations awarded a total of $750,000 in grants through industry’s ‘Make Golf Your Thing’ diversity, equity and inclusion initiative

Grant program provides support to organizations dedicated to increasing golf participation among underrepresented populations in the sport; to-date, grassroots organizations awarded 155 grants totaling more than $1 million

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (June 13, 2022) – 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 Thingthe industry’scommitment 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 110 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,

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

Media Contact:
Jeff Szklinski
American Golf Industry Coalition

Grassroots OrganizationCity/TownState
A Perfect Swing Foundation Inc.CharlotteNC
Adaptive GolfersNorth Myrtle BeachSC
Annika FoundationOrlandoFL
Be Counted On FoundationGahannaOH
Black College Golf Coaches AssociationVestaviaAL
Button HoleProvidenceRI
Cameron Champ FoundationCitrus HeightsCA
CitySwing FoundationWashingtonD.C.
County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and RecreationAlhambraCA
DC on the GreenMcKinneyAL
Edu-Sports AcademyWillingboroNJ
El Dorado High School Golf TeamEl PasoTX
Excel Youth AcademyLawrencevilleGA
FabNewport, IncNewportRI
FairWays to Leadership, Inc.OrlandoFL
First Tee - Central FloridaOrlandoFL
First Tee - Central MississippiFlowoodMS
First Tee - Greater CharlestonMt. PleasantSC
First Tee - Greater RichmondRichmondVA
First Tee - Greater Sacramento (Sacramento Area Youth Golf Association)SacramentoCA
First Tee - Greater TrentonTrentonNJ
First Tee - Greater TylerBullardTX
First Tee - Greater Washington, DCWashingtonD.C.
First Tee - Greater WichitaWichitaKS
First Tee - IndianaIndianapolisIN
First Tee - Jersey ShorePoint PleasantNJ
First Tee - North Florida (Rising Leaders of North Florida, Inc.)St. AugustineFL
First Tee - Omaha (Hogan's Junior Golf Heroes)OmahaNE
First Tee - PittsburghPittsburghPA
First Tee - Southeastern New MexicoRoswellNM
First Tee - TennesseeKnoxvilleTN
First Tee - TriangleRaleighNC
First Tee - Tulsa (Youth Development of Tulsa)TulsaOK
First Tee - West Michigan (Lake Michigan Junior Golf Association)KentwoodMI
Fore Life Inc.LauderhillFL
Fore the LadiesSylvaniaOH
Future SuccessorsAtlantaGA
Gator Junior Golf AssociationGainesvilleFL
Girls Golf of America, Inc.GreensboroNC
Golf. My Future. My Game.WashingtonD.C.
Greater Cleveland Junior Golf Scholarship FundBedfordOH
Harris Park Midtown Sports & Activity CenterKansas CityMO
Hi-Tee Junior Little League Golf ProgramRentonWA
Hit It Straight Golf AcademyHomewoodIL
I AM a Golfer FoundationDallasTX
iGolf4VETS, Inc.RiverviewFL
Inland Golf AcademyRiversideCA
Inner City Youth Golfers' Inc.Palm Beach GardensFL
Inspiring Greatness In YouCovingtonGA
Jackson Park Golf AssociationChicagoIL
Ladies of Futurity, IncWest Palm BeachFL
Latina Golfers Association FoundationLos AngelesCA
Little LinkstersSorrentoFL
Matrix Human ServicesDetroitMI
Michigan Women’s Golf AssociationDetroitMI
Midnight Golf ProgramBingham FarmsMI
Milwaukee Area Youth Golf Academy, Inc.GlendaleWI
Moore-Myers Children’s FundJacksonvilleFL
My Vision GolfFayettevilleGA
New Jersey Golf Foundation Inc.BedminsterNJ
Next 18Fox PointWI
Northern Texas PGA Foundation - Fairway to SuccessDallasTX
One Hundred Black Men, Inc.New YorkNY
Par Excellence Youth DevelopmentHuntsvilleAL
Range Fore Hope FoundationBlythewoodSC
Rose Hill SchoolsRose HillKS
Southern California Golf Association - Junior Golf FoundationStudio CityCA
Southern Area Youth Program, Inc.Los AngelesCA
Special Olympics ConnecticutHamdenCT
SwingPals, Inc.DurhamNC
Ted Rhodes Foundation, Inc.ChicagoIL
The Caddie & Leadership AcademyKenoshaWI
The Darby FoundationLafayetteLA
The Glove FoundationMobileAL
The Honors Junior Golf ProgramCoronaCA
The Pinkney FoundationPittsburgCA
Upstate-Carolina Adaptive GolfGreenvilleSC
Western States Junior Golf AssociationLas VegasNV
Women Golfers Give BackPlymouth MeetingPA
Women in Golf Foundation, Inc.EllenwoodGA
Women of Color GolfTampaFL