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Causes & Initiatives We Support
Sponsors and supporters of our signature tournament, the Original Tee Golf Classic, enable us to help others who are aligned with our commitment to preserve the history of African Americans in golf, develop young golfers and improve the lives of others.
Original Tee Junior Golf League
Proceeds from the Original Tee Golf Classic go towards the PGA Jr. League Golf in the PGA of America Met Section. PGA Junior League Golf is designed to bring a "Little League" atmosphere to the game of golf. With teams of boys and girls, age 13 and under, PGA Jr. League Golf provides a structured league environment for young golfers to compete and have fun – a great way to get and keep kids involved in the game.
This year's Original Tee Golf Classic featured a Nine Hole Youth Competitionwith PGA Professionals, open to boys and girls. The format is a scramble play with nine threesomes.
The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association (BDSA) is a 501(c)3 organization that began as an idea of Dr. William "Bill" Dickey in the mid 1970's to address a need for a national organization to promote a junior golf program that would enable interested youngsters to be exposed to the fundamentals of golf at an early age. For over 30 years, their goal has been to increase the participation of minority youngsters in the sport of golf, as well as provide financial assistance in support of their efforts to experience the extraordinary advantages of education and opportunity. Bill Dickey, who dedicated more than 50 years to building diversity in golf, passed away October 16, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona at age 84. The BDSA continues their mission: Building Hope... One Stoke At a Time. Over the years, the OTGC has proudly donated over $60,000 to the BDSA.
When Bill Powell encountered racial discrimination on the golf course after returning home from World War II, he decided to build his own place to play, one where people of all colors would be welcome. In 1946, William Powell established Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio: America's Course. Clearview is the only course designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American and was named a National Historic Site by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2001. The Clearview Legacy Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation established in 2001 to preserve the course for future generations. We were proud to honor Bill Powell's daughter, Renee Powell, with the True Original award in 2013.
Golf to End Cancer
Golf to End Cancer (G2EC) is a program of Marathon of Miracles (MOM) a nonprofit which focuses on wellness and cancer prevention. Launched in 2011 at the PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas, G2EC is a movement offering wellness and cancer prevention education to golfers through its website, corporate partnerships and at G2EC Wellness Day events. MOM and G2EC were founded by writer, producer and TV Host A.J. Ali and his wife Jane, a breast cancer survivor. The two hope to raise the profile of wellness and cancer prevention education in the golf world in order to reach business and community leaders who can reach the masses.