OGGF receives ‘Make Golf Your Thing’ subsidy

Ohio Girls Golf Foundation is one of 81 organizations in the U.S. to receive a DEI Initiative Grant

Ohio Girls Golf FoundationThe Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) has been selected to receive funding through a special grant program administered by the golf industry’s DEI Campaign, Make golf your thing. As one of 81 designated organizations in the U.S., the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation was chosen for its efforts to increase golf participation among the sport’s underrepresented populations.

Founded in 1994, when there were no high school student golf teams in northern Ohio, the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation became a catalyst to grow the game for girls as today there are more than 300 high school student golf teams in Ohio . OGGF’s mission is to encourage, sponsor and support the game of golf for girls by providing scholarships, golf training programs and financial assistance to attend designated golf tournaments.

“Receiving this grant is a testament to our commitment to promoting inclusivity and providing opportunities for girls in golf,” said Lynne Plaisance, executive director of the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation. “We are excited to expand our programming by hosting Girls Golf Series Clinics throughout the year to increase young girls from diverse backgrounds’ awareness of golf and how it can benefit them on and off the course.”

The grant program is designed to support organizations or programs focused on increasing golf participation among underrepresented populations in the sport (i.e. Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, as well as women, LGBTQI+ individuals, veterans, and individuals with a handicap). The program is financially supported by industry partners who are committed to making the game more welcoming and inclusive for all.

Formally launched in May 2021, Make Golf Your Thing is an industry-wide movement to accelerate the evolution of golf and strengthen the inclusion of people from all backgrounds. The movement is organized into three strategic focus areas for increasing diversity: Make Golf Your Game (participants), Make Golf Your Career (industry employees), and Make Golf Your Business (industry suppliers).

The grant program is administered by the American Golf Industry Coalition, a partnership among leading golf organizations to advance and advocate the collective interests of the sport. The program’s funding is led by a group of industry supporters who are committed to making the sport more welcoming and inclusive for all.