VERONA, N.Y. -- Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, which promotes sports and wellness to youth within Native American communities, launched a partnership with The PGA of America to host three "Play Golf Native America" Days nationwide.
The initiative kicked off today with the first "Play Golf Native America" day in conjunction with the fourth annual NB3 Challenge at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club. The event included a clinic from PGA Tour Professional Notah Begay III, fitness training from David Donatucci, Director of Fitness and Performance for The PGA of America, free golf lessons and clinics from Central New York PGA Professionals, and presentations on health and nutrition.
Two remaining events, in September and November, will be part of National Obesity Prevention Month and National Native American Heritage Month. One event will be conducted at a Native American-owned golf facility in California with the Morongo Tribe and the Southern California PGA Section.
There are more than 70 tribally-owned golf courses across the United States. This growth has resulted in increased interest in the sport by Native Americans. In 2010, The PGA of America established an alliance with the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), to collectively promote golf as a fun, healthy activity for the entire family.
"The PGA of America is excited to join the NB3 Foundation in educating and mentoring golf's next generation of players," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "Our sport is best served by those who understand the importance of advancing both training and life values to our country's youth, and the NB3 Foundation reflects that passion."
NB3 Foundation and The PGA will also launch a co-branded grant program to support underserved communities. Among the areas of support are golf equipment, apparel, transportation, costs of golf instruction, course fees; providing curriculum for NB3 & PGA Sports Academy, diabetes and obesity prevention training and incentives for players.
"Our greatest obstacle is providing access and opportunities for Native American youth to be healthy," said Notah Begay, four-time PGA Tour winner and founder of the NB3 Foundation. "Thanks to our new partnership with The PGA of America, we will have new opportunities to introduce to the sport of golf to Native American youth, with the underlying mission of educating them on the prevention of type 2 diabetes and developing leadership skills. It is these types of programs that will foster long-term social change, and help youth realize their full potential as future leaders of Indian Country."
About the Notah Begay III Foundation
In 2005, Notah Begay III established the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Notah established the Foundation to address the profound health and wellness issues impacting Native American youth and to empower those youth and help them realize their potential as tomorrow's leaders. The mission of the Foundation is to reduce the incidences of obesity and diabetes and advance the lives of Native American youth through sports and wellness programming. To this end, the mission the Foundation supports is the development of sustainable, evidence-based and innovative soccer and golf programs designed by Native Americans for Native American youth that promote physical fitness, wellness and leadership development. For more information on Notah Begay III and the Foundation, visit nb3foundation.com.
About the PGA of America
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.
By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.
By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.