A mentorship organization that uses golf to teach young minority women responsibility, dedication, and confidence is working to raise money via crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Tee2Tea, founded by Joy Brunson, teaches minority girls ages eight to 18 to play golf. It also works to translate principles from the golf course into the rest of their lives through etiquette and mentoring relationships.
Brunson, who played golf with her father, continued playing the sport at the collegiate level, for Spelman College, and started the program with a day clinic in 2011. Now, Tee2Tea is planning a full summer camp in Houston and Atlanta, a week-long program in Detroit, and other day-long events.
“Most of our young ladies have not played the game before,” Brunson told Madame Noire. “You can tell, they think it is corny or weird or ‘this is not what we do.’ But after the first session or after they make contact with the ball for the first time, they are hooked.” She added that, while the organization doesn’t expect to train LPGA golfers, a couple girls have decided to continue to pursue the sport.