GWUL Holds Successful 15th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

Oct 3, 2013

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(Washington, DC)—The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) held its 15th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, Tuesday, September 24, 2013, with The Honorable Lt. Gov. of MD Anthony Brown serving as Honorary Chair and featured journalist Roland Martin, Host of News One Now on TV One, as this year’s Celebrity Chair. Emmanuel Bailey, President & CEO, DC09, LLC, was Chair for the tournament. This year for the first time GWUL recognized a female, Rose Harper, to receive the Sam Lacy Award.

The 25 teams of golfers could not have had a more gorgeous day to play the 18 holes at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville, MD. The list of the celebrities who joined the League this year are listed at the end of the article, along with the winners of the tournament. Once the golfers finished the course they had a chance to mix and mingle with the celebrity golfers and GWUL special guests who were attending the Awards Banquet.

During the banquet, GWUL held an auction, led by Martin and Bailey, which brought in record proceeds this year. The PEPCO, PHI Community Foundation, also presented a check to the League for the Utility Assistance Program which helps residents in need throughout the year to pay their utility bills.

Guests were given the opportunity to view an extended trailer of the new film “From the Rough” due to be released in
2014.  The independent film is about Dr. Catana Starks, the former swim coach at Tennessee State University, who in 1986 became the first woman and the first African-American woman to coach a men’s college golf team. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Starks and the late Michael Clark Duncan in his last film.

Annually, this golf tournament has honored individuals and sports writers who represent the legacy of the legendary Sam Lacy, who work tirelessly as a journalist and an advocate for African-American athletes for more than 65 years. He fought against racism and segregation that existed for decades in U.S. sports. Lacy is recognized as a pioneer in baseball journalism. He was one of the first African-American members of the Baseball Writers' Association
of America, and a 1997 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. During his career, Lacy covered the careers of many Black athletes and numerous sporting events including six Olympic Games.

GWUL recognized the Afro American Newspaper for its excellence in covering the community and continuing the legacy of Sam Lacy who worked for them for almost 60 years. Rose Harper was recognized for her legendary contributions to the Golf Industry including the founding of the PGA Tour Wives Association, initiating the Golf Digest Minority Golf Summit, and the reformatting of the PGA player credentials. She established a minority joint venture golf course design team with golf greats Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, to provide a golf feasibility study for the Nation’s Capital and much more. Also in attendance with Harper was Sam Lacy’s nephew, Elliott Sickles.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Maudine R. Cooper, GWUL has seen much sustained progress. Within the past two decades, it has more than doubled its program offerings, launched a young professionals auxiliary, and moved into new, larger headquarters in historic Columbia Heights. So in light of her announcing her retirement this year, there was a special tribute to her and her service to the League and the community during the Awards Banquet.

The funds raised during the tournament allow GWUL to continue the important and vital services provided for Washington metro area residents in need. Major sponsors of the tournament included: Pepco, MedStar Family Choice, RLJ Lodging, DC 09, Eli Lilly, and the Nuclear Energy Institute. Supporting sponsors included: Broughton Construction, CareFirst/BlueCross BlueShield, General Dynamics, Industrial Bank, J.W. Marriott, Pepsi Beverage Co., Senoda and Xerox, among others.  For more information, please visit www.gwul.org or call (202) 265-8200 ext.
250.