The LJMJGF Foundation
Purpose- The Foundation exists to foster the opportunity to participate in the game of Golf on a level playing field for youngsters for whom society has imposed some inequity.
Vision- All youngsters with interest and incentive can enjoy the benefits of golf and life.
Mission- To develop a recognized cadre of Minority Junior players who can partake of all opportunities that golf offers by playing the game on equal footing with golfs traditional constituency.
Strategy- Involve more minority youth in the game of golf at an early age.
Utilize golf as a vehicle for educational opportunities.
Utilize golf as a vehicle for educational excellence.
Identify and encourage golf- related jobs and business goals.
Provide affordable golf training, playing opportunities and integration with existing Junior programs.
The Leonard Jones Minority Junior Golf Foundation, a 501C3 organization was founded in 1997 to promote the sport of golf among minority and low income youth.The foundation teaches the basic fundamentals of golf and facilitates playing and instructional opportunists for minority youth. We are encouraged by the level of support from the community and the participation from parents and youth golfers. The foundation mission is to develop a recognizable cadre of minority junior players who can partake of all opportunities that golf offers by playing the game on equal footing with golfs traditional constituency through this integration of training and learning. The foundation anticipates that the economic, social and cultural values obtained, will facilitate the opening of doors to career opportunities. Foundation does not expect that every member will be a golf professional or PGA touring professional. However, there are other positions such as golf course superintendents, advertising executives, designers and marketing directors. Minority golfers have existed in very small numbers in the history of amateur and professional golf in the United States. Minority youth face many discouraging factors.
With the help of grants and donations, we will provide supportive peer groups and competent instructors to guide and assist them in becoming acquainted with the sport of golf. The LJMJGF will target 700 youth, annually, male and female of all ethnic mixes, between the ages of 6 to 18 years of age. We will promote in schools, community centers, YMCA, YWCA, and Boys and Girls clubs in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex. No child left behind.
The four components of the program are introductory, instructional, competitive and academic. The foundation programs will divide the members into two major groups, competition players and recreational players. Parents are an important part of the program due to the level of commitment . Our foundation has developed a formal parent guide . The foundation goal is to have a permanent golf training academy, with an 18 hole Golf Course, mentoring and entrepreneur programs for the youth.