Tiger still inspiring minority youth to play golf

    As Tiger Woods tries to reclaim the green jacket at this weekend’s PGA Masters Tournament, a local program aimed at getting kids from urban areas involved with golf is celebrating five years in the community.

    As Tiger Woods tries to reclaim the green jacket at this weekend’s PGA Masters Tournament, a local program aimed at getting kids from urban areas involved with golf is celebrating five years in the community.

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    The emergence of Tiger Woods on the world golf scene more than a decade ago sparked a lot of interest in golf in the African-American community. The First Tee Program in Philadelphia has had continued interest from African-American and other minority kids since its inception.

    Executive Director John MacDonald says the program now has about 3,200 kids, most of whom are minorities.  He says some of those kids have been very successful.

    MacDonald: They’ve gotten scholarships, they’ve been to pebble beach to play on the champion’s tour, they’ve had qualifiers in Kansas and Tennessee. There just have been numerous opportunities for kids to do things they never ever would have had the opportunity to do.

    The program is a branch of the international First Tee Program which works with over two million kids.

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