The Women of Color Golf (WOCG), a not-for-profit 501c3 organization located in Tampa, Florida and the Florida Junior Golf Council (FJGC), in partnership with The Centre for Girls, will launch a Girls Golf Summer Program in Tampa, Florida at The Centre For Girls, 105 W. Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida. The girls’ golf program is scheduled to run eight weeks, June 9 through July 28.
The Centre for Girls is a program of The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization also based in Tampa which offers innovative programming to girls, ages 5-14, during after-school hours and a summer camp that includes fine arts, ceramics, fashion, dance, and STEM-based instruction regardless of their ability to pay.
The Centre and its partners strategically increase girls’ access to services and provide them with a safe place to spend time, learn skills, make friends, and interact with caring adults. At the Girls Golf Summer Program initiated by Women of Color Golf, this year the girls will have a chance to learn about golf and develop character through fun, safe, golf activities and games; engage in activities that promote wellness and health-enhancing lifestyles; travel on a field trips to Rogers Park Golf Course and the Golfer’s Grail Indoor Golf Facility. The girls will also have an opportunity to meet Professional Golfer Shasta Averyhardt, the 4th African American woman to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. Averyhardt also serves as the 2017 Women of Color Golf Ambassador.
The golf curriculum for the Girls Golf Summer Program is designed by The First Tee DRIVE Program to introduce kids to golf and the First Tee’s Nine Core Values – honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. The curriculum will allow the girls to develop an appreciation for the positive values associated with golf through each activity and extend those behaviors to other areas of their lives.
Clemmie C. Perry, Executive Director of Women of Color Golf and Girls on the Green Tee Programs and Sartura Smith, Program Director, The Centre for Girls, are committed to providing Tampa Bay area girls the exposure and opportunity to see a different world view through golf. “According to a recent article in PGA Magazine, the fastest growing segment in golf is girls under the age of 18, up over 51% since 2010,” says Perry. Trends are showing more girls and more minorities are participating in golf. Source: U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information contact Clemmie C. Perry: firstname.lastname@example.org, Sartura Shuman Smith at SSmith@thecentre.org or Walter Jennings at WJennings@thecentre.org