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With B.E.G.A., golf is more than hitting the ball straight

Past B.E.G.A. Scholarship Awardrees

With B.E.G.A., golf is more than hitting the ball straight

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     Broward Ebony Golf Association (BEGA) was founded in January 2004 and became incorporated and chartered in August 2005.  BEGA, Inc. is the holder of a 501©(3) certificate and is in good standing with the Division of Corporations-State of Florida. BEGA, Inc. is an affiliate Golf Club of the Sunshine State Amateur Golf Association which was founded in 1972.

    The mission of BEGA is to organize youth-oriented golf programs in Broward County targeting low-income children and young adults. BEGA is committed to raising funds that would enable the introduction to the game of golf to interested juniors who wish to continue and ultimately participate in amateur competitions. Our aim is to benefit young adults of all ethnic and economic backgrounds who are 18 Years of age and under or until the junior’s senior year of high school; we will provide financial assistance, instruction, instructional materials, mentoring, equipment, scholarships and equal affordable access to professionally run golf programs and events. 

    The program is inspiring the participants to learn and achieve their personal best in a quality, competitive and instructional environment that is designed to improve the golfing and life skills among juniors and young adult amateur golfers.

Broward Ebony Golf Association’s Junior Golf Program Overview

    BEGA obtained a 501(c) (3) with the IRS and a Florida Consumer Certificate. Since 2004 BEGA has raised over $30,000 to fund a variety of successful community-based efforts as well as scholarships. 

    “This year, we hope to raise $10,000 to further these efforts which are pivotal to our organization’s fundamental goal—giving back to the community,” says President Dexter Gullett. 

    Most of the proceeds from events go toward funding BEGA’s Junior Golf Program and Scholarship Fund.  BEGA is com-mitted to providing scholarship monies to young and aspiring golfers which best exemplify the human spirit to succeed.  

    Betsy R. Pearson, one of the many women members, feels that the BEGA’s Junior Golf Program is the focal point of their fundraising efforts. “Our pro-gram introduces children to the game of golf that would not necessarily have the opportunity to be exposed to the game. Our position is to help the child that wants to play golf get to the point of actual competition throughout the State of Florida.”

    BEGA plans to implement and adopt a blueprint for a Junior Golf Program that will continue to grow and cultivate current and future partnerships with Masharie Powell-Philpart, Reading Is An Art Literacy Development & Student Success Center (RIAA) and the Paula Pearson-Tucker, Fore Life, Inc.

    President Gullett continued, “Through this Junior Golf Program children are allowed the unique opportunity to spend time with role models who are professional and business leaders as well as others who can teach and mentor from a broad perspective of life and career interests.”

President Gullett continued, “Through this Junior Golf Program children are allowed the unique opportunity to spend time with role models who are professional and business leaders as well as others who can teach and mentor from a broad perspective of life and career interests.”

            Fore Life, Inc. is a not for profit organization that provides as its principle objective, access to the game of golf and it’s life altering skills to impact the lives of youth involved in criminal and/or unhealthy behavior or at risk of such behavior.

            Fore Life, Inc. utilizes the ser-vices of a professional golfer and certified life skills coach, Paula Pearson-Tucker to raise the awareness of the effectiveness through  the Fore Life programming. In conjunction with her tour schedule, Ms. Tucker also con-ducts Fore Life clinics in the cities where there is a high concentration of juvenile crime.

            RRIAA is a 501©3, non-profit organization committed to working with some of our community’s most needy students who are at-risk of dropping out of school for academic, social and/or economic reasons. 

            Participants are recruited from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and churches in Broward County.  Youth must be in grades five – 12 and parental involvement is required.

            “Our purpose is to reduce the number of middle and high school students at risk of dropping out of Broward County Schools by assisting participants in improving their social development skills while improving self-esteem and building self-confidence through the game of golf”, added long time member Granville Scott.

            To lend support and offer help please contact Dexter Gullett at (786) 417-5038 or Betsy Pearson (754) 433-7124

 

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    Carma Lynn Henry Westside Gazette Newspaper 545 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Office: (954) 525-1489 Fax: (954) 525-1861

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