The Golf Channel Explores Obstacles Faced by Native American Youth &
Condensed by Native Village
New Mexico: Golf
in America is an original series for the Golf Channel. GA recently traveled
to New Mexico to visit with Notah Begay III and highlight the work of the
Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation. Todd Lewis, a Golf Channel anchor
and reporter, visited the Foundation and
the Tohajiilee High School Golf Program to explore Notahís work .
program also explored
the many obstacles Native youth face in
participating in the sport of golf.
The show will be aired nationwide in
June 2010 on the Golf Channel.
Golf in America visited with Tohajiilee students and tribal members
who built a three-hole golf course using coffee cans, sticks, the
desert and their passion for golf. The closest
public course the students can use is more than 45 minutes away.
is a big obstacles for Tohajiilee youth who wish to play golf. The
Navajo Nationís unemployment rate is 44%; over 37% live below the poverty level. Limited resources make it
difficult for kids to participate in the game. Despite these
obstacles, Tohajiilee youth, coaches, the community School
and Notah Begay's Foundation are building a successful and growing golf
program that teaches the game, leadership, and life skills that go beyond
the course. Corporate partners like Callaway Golf and Antigua Apparel are
helping the players with outfits and equipment.
The NB3 Foundation wants to increase Native youths' chance to play golf at recreational and competitive levels.
It will also explore
academic and career pathways that golf has to
offer. Such opportunities are growing in Indian
Country -- more than 70 tribally owned golf facilities now in existence.
Golf in America: