100 Black Men of Austin Sponsors Kids to Learn the Game of Golf at First Tee Golf

 

https://www.statesman.com/story/sports/2022/03/17/first-tees-impact-seen-dell-match-play-tournament/7051648001/

The Dell Match Play has done plenty to cast Austin in a positive light. The spectacular setting of Austin Country Club with breathtaking vistas of the nearby Pennybacker Bridge have helped to shape the national perception of the city from Sixth Street and DKR to one of an upscale, lakefront community with expensive boats and premium home lots.

But perhaps as important as any positive side benefit the World Golf Championship event has produced is a string of charitable offerings to local organizations. For example, half the standard bearers at the tournament — those who carry the signs with each group — hail from Austin Country Club while the other half are First Tee members. First Tee is a beneficiary of the event, which will take place next week.

Some of First Tee members who will be walking alongside the greatest players in the world got involved thanks to the generosity of 100 Black Men of Austin, a group that sponsored 20 kids two years ago and has eyes on building an even bigger footprint in the golf space in years to come.

The short story is this — former First Tee board member Michael Gibson brought 100 Black Men of Austin president Karl Spencer and First Tee-Greater Austin Executive Director Jennifer MacCurrach together and the partnership has spawned something special, a group of new, diverse players to the golf community.

“The thing in my mind was how do we get more people of color, more kids of color, into First Tee because I think it’s such an incredible organization,” said Gibson, who’s a member at the UT Golf Club.  “I had been working with Karl, who has an amazing energy, and I had seen how they’d been able to bring a ton of kids in for other initiatives. I thought, wow, this is something that could work.”

Spencer was instantly intrigued by the idea and put plans together to get a number of young Black players sponsored.

“I was trying to find ways for the 100 Black Men of Austin to incorporate the game of golf and to also teach the kids to get out into that environment and see something different,” Spencer said. “But also, I want these kids to know and understand that the golf course is a great place for them to network as they get older. There are so many great things about this game. So it’s not only about a great sport to have fun with now, but it’s a mechanism for them to be able to get jobs in the future.”

The first year was a success, and that got Spencer thinking this should be a program with staying power.

“I just felt in my heart that this was something we needed to do annually. But my goal is to raise another three to five thousand dollars because I want to get up to 50 kids in this program,” he said. “We want to give them the opportunity to learn the game of golf and interact with other kids from all walks of life.”

The plan hasn’t been perfected just yet, although all sides are working hard to smooth out any kinks. For example, the group has to use six affiliate sites on top of the Harvey Penick Golf Campus in East Austin, simply because Austin traffic is — well, you know — and the thought of getting every kid to the same facility is nearly impossible.

And then there’s the fundraising issue. While 100 Black Men of Austin is helping to foot the bill for registrations, the program can’t grow without help.

But the reaction has been exactly what MacCurrach, Gibson and Spencer all had hoped. The First Tee is a beneficiary of the Dell Match Play, meaning once a child gets entered into the program, he or she can get help with equipment and access to courses, not just for the current session, but for as long as the child is eligible. And while the funding isn’t there yet for all 50 potential members, the reaction from invested parents has been incredibly positive.

“The parents are just blown away. Every parent has come back and said, ‘how can we be involved? How can we get our kid in First Tee?’ They see the character of the kids. They see how confident they are. They see how they carry themselves,” Gibson said. “And then at the end of the day, they see their golf skills.”

100 Black Men of Austin visits Samsung Campus

Wesley King, Community Affairs Specialist at Samsung Austin Semiconductor reached out to the 100 to partner with our Black History Month efforts for the Austin community.  As part of our Cultural Competency Initiative, author Chris Singleton came to Austin to read books to 1st and 2nd graders at 3 elementary schools and spoke with high school and college students on his life experiences.  Samsung donated $5,000 to the initiative, which allowed us to purchase 700 books to distribute to all of the 1st and 2nd grade children at the elementary schools.  Thank You Samsung Austin Semiconductor for your generous donation.

100 BMOA Class of 2022 Members

The 100 Black Men of Austin welcomed their 2022 class of members at Black Pearl Books.  This was the largest installation of members (17) and Chris Singleton was acknowledged as an honorary member.

“What They See Is What They’ll Be”

 

100 BMOA – LOVE IS STRONGER THAN HATE – A RESOUNDING MESSAGE TO OUR KIDS IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

As part of The 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc.’s Cultural Competency  Initiative and in honor of Black History Month, the organization will welcome inspirational  speaker, author and former professional baseball player, Chris Singleton. Singleton  became a nationally renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and  unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church tragedy in  Charleston, SC. where nine black bible study participants were killed by a self proclaimed white supremacist. Chris’s speech on overcoming hate with love has gotten  him featured on Lifetime, ESPN E:60, USA Today, CNN, and Fox News.  

His first children’s books, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, has been  featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation. His newest book, Your  Life Matters, is equal parts homage to historical and contemporary Black figures and a  reminder of the greatness that lives within each child. It reassures children everywhere  that no matter what they hear, no matter what they experience, no matter what they’re  told, their lives matter

Singleton’s Austin appearance, sponsored by 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc. and hosted  by Black Pearl Books – a local, black-owned bookstore, will include a book donation to the Austin Public Library, book readings at  three local elementary schools along with free books distributed to the students.  Singleton will also speak to a group of local High School students, and a group of  student athletes at Huston-Tillotson University. 

“Chris’s story of overcoming hate with love, is a message we all need to hear. His life is  an example of how love can break barriers and unite people, and that is an inspiration  for any age.” Said Karl Spencer, President, 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc., “We are  excited to once again partner with Black Pearl Books on our Cultural Competency  Initiative where the goal is to increase literacy, make reading fun for kids, support teachers by providing resources to engage with their students, and distribute culturally  relevant books.”

Soulciti Article – https://soulciti.com/100-black-men-giving-away-700-books-with-black-pearl-books/

Fox News Segment – https://fox7austin.com/news/after-losing-his-mom-in-church-shooting-author-chris-singleton-stops-in-austin-to-inspire-students

 

 

 

100 Black Men of Austin Partners with Amazon to Help Those in Need Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

The 100 Black Men of Austin were chosen to participate in a pilot program with Amazon in 2020.  As part of the pilot, The 100 BMOA were able to select organizations locally, nationally, and internationally that focused on the homeless, underserved communities, and kids.  These organizations provided a list of their needs and the 100 ordered and shipped items to their organizations via Amazon.  Amazon donated and shipped coats, gloves, clothes, diapers, sanitary items, toys, PPE, furniture, and backpacks to the organizations/communities. Since October 2020, the 100 Black Men of Austin and Amazon has provided 272,887 items to the following organizations;

Local organizations;

Partnerships for Children
Austin Diaper Bank
Any Baby Can
Colony Park Neighborhood Association
Georgetown Project
Lifeworks
The Nest
A New Entry
Texas Empowerment Academy
Neighborhood Longhorn

National Organizations;

Gentlemen’s Room – NY
Women’s Advocacy – St Louis
Operation Love 3rd Ward – Houston
Love Us Foundation – Chicago
Momma’s House – NY
Queens High – NY
100 Indianapolis
100 Beaumont
100 Chicago
100 Long Island
100 Syracuse

International Organizations;

Paint Our Future – Nairobi, Kenya Africa (Orphanage/Autistic school)
Belizean Education Empowerment (Orphanages)