About 60 years ago, the game of golf had a “whites only” clause to it. However, in the 1960s, golfer Charlie Sifford broke barriers by becoming the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour. Many people of color were given the opportunity to get together and spend time learning about the game while also forming significant relationships as a result of this.
By breaking down this barrier, more African American individuals are now able to use golf as a networking tool to make a difference in the world.
African Americans need to be educated about the importance of golf because it makes them feel more welcome in the sport and allows them to use their resources to overcome the game’s limitations. Golf aids in character development and the development of great leaders and businesses.
Although the long-term goal of Jim Beatty Golf Ventures is to continue to provide and facilitate economic growth and possibilities for African Americans in the golf industry, many people are unaware that they do not need to know how to play golf to work in the golf industry. It may assist in breaking down the color barrier, but it is not required.
Breaking the color barrier as a community effort, allows people of color to grow together in a previously “white dominant” industry. Taking advantage of this sport is a game-changer because, as we all know, golf connects a lot of people to the corporate world and the lives of African Americans will be improved as a result of this.
The networking that occurs around the game of golf creates a model for African American businesspeople to collaborate and grow together.