Diversity and Inclusion Pillar
Diversity and inclusion are core values and a focus of COLORADO PGA REACH and we embrace the spirit of differences.
We work each and every day at the Colorado PGA to have our commitment to diversity and inclusion resonate throughout the organization, the activities, programs and business we conduct. We strive to look through a lens of diversity and inclusion at all times. As the Colorado PGA serves its members and grows participation in golf, we help drive the awareness that golf is in fact affordable, welcoming and fun for all individuals regardless of age, gender, ability, background or lifestyle.
USOC F.L.A.M.E. Program
The United States Olympic Committee's FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program provides high school, college and graduate-level students with an intensive look into the corporate world of elite sport. The program offers an exciting and rigorous curriculum aimed at increasing knowledge of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and providing participants with personal and professional development.
The Colorado PGA has partnered with the United States Olympic Committee’s FLAME program to introduce golf as a career enhancement option to a dedicated group of diverse college-age students enrolled in the USOC’s sports leadership program. The introduction of golf as a vehicle for professional development by PGA Professionals to a group of high-performing students is crucial to the diversification of both the participant base of golf and to the future leaders in the sports industry.
In partnership with the PGA Professionals at the venerable Broadmoor Golf Club, the students are introduced to golf in a dynamic, hands-on immersion day during which they are provided instruction by volunteer PGA Professionals and have a unique opportunity to take part in a leadership mentoring session with golf industry leaders and peers. The program was so successful in 2014 and 2015 that several members of the FLAME program have elected to accept internships at the Broadmoor for 2016.
Growth of the Game Grants
Each year COLORADO PGA REACH awards Growth of the Game Grants to local PGA Members and golf facilities that offer programming that strives to make golf inclusive of people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds and for individuals with disabilities. In 2015, more than $25,000 in grant funding was distributed to Colorado PGA Members who had developed programs and opportunities that met our strict Diversity & Inclusion guidelines.
The 2016 recipients will be named at the 2016 Colorado PGA Spring Business Meeting.
In support of our commitment to ensure that the future of our industry is served by the best and brightest, we are pleased to announce the formation of a Diversity Scholarship Program. Beginning in 2015, Colorado PGA REACH will partner with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Professional Golf Management Program (UCCS PGM) to award a Diversity-based Scholarship to produce future golf industry leaders from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.