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May 24, 2017

Good Sports: Golf Grows In Harlem

A New Foundation Is Teaching The Community Through An Unlikely Game

 

Young men in Harlem are learning math and science though an unlikely ally: golf. 

Just off 40 West and 117th Street in Harlem, New York, rests the Bridge Golf Foundation, a learning hub for young men of color to learn STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through the sport of golf. After 2 p.m. the facility fills with young men hitting golf balls into a projector screen, complete with programmed golf courses, and analyzing their swing using cameras installed at each bay. Others work on their putting or read about golf in books pulled from a small library. 

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, came to life by chance. Farrell Evans, a former writer with Sports Illustrated and ESPN, was paired with former Wall Street commodities trader Bob Rubin during a round of golf at Century Golf Club, just outside of New York City.

We were out there talking, hitting golf shots, and he [Bob] asked me how I got into the game,” Evans recalled, “and I told him how I had grown up in Georgia, that my dad played and uncles had played, and that I had a strong network of African-American golfers I was part of.”

 

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