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First African-American To Break Golf Color Barrier To Be Honored At 2007 Original Tee Golf Classic
Annual Golf Celebration Pays Tribute to Unsung African-American Sports Hero Charlie Sifford
By: Original Tee, Inc.
Haskins named the True Original Award after Sifford in tribute his lifetime legacy of milestone achievements. No stranger to the prefix “first,” Charles [Charlie] Sifford is renowned as the first black man to break the color barrier in golf --one of America’s most elitist sports. He sacrificed and endured much to open up the professional game of golf to African-American sportsmen. Eventually, he became the first African-American to play regularly on the PGA Tour and the first African-American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Now recognized worldwide for his endurance, strength of character and sportsmanship, Sifford’s name will grace the annual OTGC award that recognizes deserving recipients who exemplify his unique qualities of leadership, courage and innovation -- “true originals” in their career fields. “INC.com is proud to partner with the Original Tee Golf Classic to pay homage to Charles Sifford an agent of change -- a man who exemplifies the spirit of enterprise, courage and conviction,”
Like his role model Charlie Sifford, Wendell Haskins has weathered against the odds for eight years to develop his vision for a lifestyle event that would bridge his passion for supporting worthy community causes and his love of sports, fashion and entertainment. “As a golf enthusiast, I wanted to bring together other people of color who share a love for this sport” said Haskins. He continues “African-Americans have always participated in the game. I want more people of color to feel comfortable on the golf course. Our historical contributions deserve to be included in the overall landscape of the sport.”
A fundraiser as well as a celebratory social event, The Original Tee Golf Classic will also donate a portion of the proceeds to The American Cancer Society and The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association. “As successful business people, it’s important that we support organizations and charities that contribute to the growth, success and health of our communities,”
If you would like more information about the 8th Original Tee Golf Classic, or to schedule an interview with Wendell Haskins and/or Charlie Sifford, please call Keith Forest at 917-714-8998 or e-mail Keithlforest@
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Original Tee Inc. was founded and launched in 1999 by entertainment marketing entrepreneur, Wendell J. Haskins (Founder/President)