For Immediate Release
Contact: Peggy Rhodes-White, (877) 913-9009
AFRICAN AMERICAN GOLF LEGEND AND TRAILBLAZER TED RHODES CELEBRATED AT THE WINDY CITY CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC AT THE HISTORIC JOE LOUIS “THE CHAMP” GOLF COURSE
The Ted Rhodes Foundation is pleased to announce our 2021 Windy City Charity Golf Classic on Saturday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. at the Joe Louis “The Champ” Golf Course located on the far southside at 13100 S. Halsted Street in Riverdale, IL. This event celebrates the legacy of an African American golfer pioneer and trailblazer that had ties to Chicago! Golfers will be given tee times.
This event will benefit the following golf organizations: HIT IT STRAIGHT GOLF ACADEMY, FIRST TEE OF LAKE COUNTY, and FISK UNIVERSITY GOLF TEAM. Also, the Ted Rhodes College Scholarship will be awarded to Chicago native and Prairie View A & M University golf team member ABDEL RAOUL.
Ted Rhodes is the first African American golfer to play in the US Open in 1948. He won over 150 tournaments and was granted posthumous membership to the PGA in 2009. He was the golf instructor for boxer Joe Louis, 1st black golfer to play in the Masters tournament Lee Elder, and tennis player Althea Gibson. Tiger Woods credited Ted and other black golf pioneers in his first Masters’ win for paving the way for him to play the game of golf. There is a golf course that bears his name in Nashville, TN.
The mission of the Ted Rhodes Foundation is to preserve and honor the legacy of Ted Rhodes, and his vision to allow everyone the chance to play by advancing future generations of minority golfers. The foundation provides financial support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) golf teams, such as Fisk University golf team, and awards scholarships to golf team members to help further this mission. Also, the foundation partners with the First Tee of Lake County and provides a competitive venue for amateurs (youth and adults) to play golf.
To learn more about our foundation and event details, visit our website at www.tedrhodes.org
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