51 HBCU golf programs will receive $10,000 each for travel

Golf programs at HBCUs like Howard University and Winston-Salem State University will each receive $10,000 through an airline and golf organization. Get Kyle T. Mosley’s full story at Sports Illustrated below.

HBCU golf programs will receive travel assistance from United Airlines and the PGA Tour. The airline and sports organization have teamed up to provide $10,000 to help HBCU golfers cover their travel costs while competing across the United States. Talent is abundant in golf programs, but they are generally underfunded for travel to and from tournaments.

According to United and the PGA program, the grants will alleviate “one of the greatest barriers to the growth and success of golf programs – limited access to funds for air travel.

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Official announcement from United and PGA

United Airlines and the PGA TOUR announced today that United will award 51 men’s and women’s golf teams from historically black colleges and universities more than half a million dollars in grants, divided equally among schools, to fund travel for golf tournaments and recruiting efforts. . distributed equally among schools, to fund travel for golf tournaments and recruitment efforts. The donation is part of United Airlines and the PGA TOUR’s joint commitment to diversify and grow the sport and provide resources that enable HBCUs to recruit and compete at the highest levels of collegiate golf.

Each school will receive $10,000 in travel credits, allowing more than 250 student-athletes, coaches and their gear to fly United to compete in high-level tournaments that were previously out of reach. HBCU golf coaches attribute lack of access to air travel among the biggest obstacles to developing successful golf programs.

“Removing the barriers preventing HBCU students from having the same opportunities as other college athletes will open the door for countless young black golfers to pursue their dreams and for HBCU golf programs to develop to their full potential” , said United chairman Brett Hart. “United is committed to advancing inclusion and racial equity and that starts with meaningful investments in mentorship and scholarship in the communities we serve.”

These grants will allow each team to attend more tournaments this season, including events such as the prestigious PGA Works Collegiate Championship, the Mardi Gras Golf Invitational and the Black College Golf Coaches Association Houston National Invitational. Previously, many HBCU golf teams lacked the resources to participate in these events or had to drive, which required student-athletes to miss school for several days.

“Winston-Salem State University’s golf program returned to school for the first time in 10 years last fall. This year, the United Airlines grant will have a significant impact on our program’s ability to travel” , said Winston-Salem State University head golf coach Charles Penny, II. “It now allows our program to look at more tournaments to play in the fall. Specifically, last fall we were only able to play one tournament due to the limitations of our travel budget. This fall, we will be able to add nearly four.

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For student-athletes, the opportunity to compete in more tournaments isn’t just about improving their game – the relationships they build off the course with mentors and golf and industry professionals can make a difference. in their ability to pursue a career in sport. .

“We are very grateful and excited to have the support of United Airlines to ensure an excellent and safe journey to our tournaments,” said North Carolina A&T State University golfer Christyn Carr. “It gives us the freedom to compete in different states where we haven’t been able to go before, and it allows us to have more time on the course than on the road. I’m looking forward to reaching new heights this semester, not only in our game but also in our travels.

United is the “Official Airline of the PGA TOUR” and the organization’s first sponsor to support the TOUR’s broader HBCU grant program. Developed in early 2021 by the TOUR’s HBCU Task Force, the program aims to leverage the TOUR’s network of partners to help offset the financial burdens that many HBCU golf programs face.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to express my gratitude to longtime partner United Airlines for their support of the HBCU golf programs and the many collegiate golfers who will benefit from them in the future,” said the PGA TOUR Commissioner, Jay Monahan. “We are committed to helping diversify the landscape of competitive golf and this collaboration between United Airlines and these colleges and universities will be an important step towards leveling the playing field and improving the experience for student-athletes. along the way.”

In addition to travel grants, student-athletes will have access to mentorship and career coaching from United employees. This summer, United will work with golf influencer Roger Steele as well as select PGA TOUR professionals to showcase the depth and skill of HBCU golf programs across the country through a four-part digital content series. To follow the trips of the HBCU golf programs this season, follow @United and @PGATOUR on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

United’s travel grants through the PGA TOUR’s HBCU grant program will serve 51 current golf programs offered at HBCUs, including:

male golf

Alabama A&M University

Morehouse College

Alabama State University

North Carolina A&T State University

Bishop State Community College

North Carolina Central University

Bluefield State College

Prairie View A&M University

Chicago State University

St. Augustine University

Elizabeth City State University

Savannah State University

Fayetteville State University

Talladega College

Fisk University

Tennessee State University

Florida A&M University

University of Southern Texas

Howard University

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Jarvis Christian College

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Johnson C. Smith University

Virginia State University

Kentucky State University

University of Virginia Union

LeMoyne-Owen College

West Virginia State University

Lincoln University

Wilberforce University

Livingstone College

Winston-Salem State University

Miles College

female golf

Alabama State University

Lincoln University

Bethune-Cookman University

North Carolina A&T State University

Bishop State Community College

North Carolina Central University

Bluefield State College

Prairie View A&M University

Chicago State University

Savannah State University

Delaware State University

Tennessee State University

Fisk University

University of Southern Texas

Howard University

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Jarvis Christian College

Wilberforce University

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