|All-black high school golf team wins state title|
|Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019|
ATLANTA — The Charles R. Drew Public Charter School’s varsity boys golf team, which has all Black players and an all-Black coaching staff, recently won the state championship, making them the first to do so in the state of Georgia. They also made history as the first Atlanta Public School team to win a golf state championship.
The team made a notable win after beating the two-time defending state champion by more than 15 strokes. “We’re making history,” Anthony Ford, a senior on the team, told Because of Them We Can. “We’ve got even bigger stakes [on] us now, going to the national championship. Being the only black team there, it means a lot. We’ve got a lot of people rooting for us.”
Drew golf coach Nyre Williams is a former professional golf player and a Tennessee State graduate. He also is the director of The First Tee of East Lake Foundation, a youth development program that mentors and teaches golf to young people.
The entire Drew Charter School’s golf team are members of The First Tee, where they were taught not only how to play golf, but also encouraged about life goals and healthy habits. Aside from their recent win, the young men also have received scholarships to prestigious institutions, an opportunity to travel across the country, and access to elite golf academies.
“The biggest highlight would be the capacity to teach these men things they wouldn’t have an opportunity to learn outside of the game,” Williams said in an interview with Blavity. “This platform has allowed them to recognize their worth and aspire to goals they wouldn’t have otherwise thought of accomplishing.”
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