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April 2017 Entry

Diversify Golf

Kristina Jones
Fort Smith · AR
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

Racial inequality is a real issue, whether the world wants to accept it or not. My cause will help bridge the gap between people of color and the game of golf. How many POC do you know that play golf? How many POC do you know that know where to find opportunities for playing golf? This will make the world kinder because we will encourage diversity as well as companionship of different races through life skills, healthy habits, and the wonderful game of golf. Between the mentors and coaches, all of the participants of The First Tee will walk through our doors as one child, and walk out as a completely different person.

How will you use the $10k?

The $10,000 would be used in an ample amount of ways to ensure the success of our participants through our programs. The funds would be broken down into different sectors that cover outreach programs as The First Tee heads to different locations to accumulate and encourage POC participants to join our program. Parts of the funds will be used as scholarship money to secure memberships for those less fortunate. The funds will additionally go into supplies needed for the participants to be successful and move throughout our programs.

What impact do you hope to make?

The First Tee of Fort Smith plans to impact our community in fantastic ways! Statistics show that not all children are able to experience the same opportunities as other children, due to lack of funding or lack of support. The First Tee's programs are designed to fill those voids by having scholarship funds available to assist as well as have mentors, coaches and staff available to support each participant as needed. The First Tee of Fort Smith mission is to inspire our youth to seek higher education, be of good character and display outstanding citizenship.

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Diversify Golf
Diversify Golf
Diversify Golf

The First Tee of Fort Smith journey to diversify golf starts immediately. Within the next two months, The First Tee would have scheduled visits with POC dominating schools and/or locations to spread the word of our programs. The milestone that we hope to cross would be to diversify the game of golf. The First Tee of Fort Smith will register new members every opportunity. By the time the 3rd and 4th months hit, the number of participants of The First Tee will have increased, as well as the relationships established. The 5th and 6th months will be used in the same manner as the previous ones, which is to get out in the community and encourage all of the children to become a member of The First Tee of Fort Smith to diversify the game of golf.

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