Bermuda launches Black Golfers Week to promote diversity in the sport

The preview for the 2021 event featured the Legends Lunch, a dynamic panel of local and international black sports pioneers in golf, athletics and premier league football moderated by the Director of Sports and Business Development of the BTA, triple team United States Olympian Hazel Clark. Olympian John ClarkWestham pioneer footballer Clyde Best and international golf professional, Kim SwanJP MP, explored their respective challenges as minorities in sport and the activism needed to help create opportunities for the black athletes who followed them.

Charles H. Jeffers IICEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said, “We are committed to playing a leadership role in expanding access to the sport of golf around the world. Black Golfers Week will position Bermuda as a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in sport. These conversations can enlighten and inspire golf communities of all backgrounds. Ultimately, our goal is to drive visitation and develop a framework for the sport that will deepen the talent pool, foster opportunities and highlight Bermuda pioneering role in the history of black golf.”

The week-long event will include a screening of ‘Rafael Louis “Kid” Corbin: Breaking Golf’s Color Line in America, Canada and Bermuda‘, a documentary by Dr. Jeffrey Sammons highlighting the untold story of Bermuda’s black golfer by Raphael Corbin role in opening up golf to African Americans and African Canadians through his sports activism against segregation in golf clubs through North America. In honor of his extraordinary contributions to the sport, organizers will close the week with the eponymous Kid Corbin Classic golf tournament at Port Royal Golf Course. The week includes a full golf itinerary with a celebrity pro-am tournament, free rounds of golf and golf lessons, interspersed with round tables, awards dinners, island excursions and parties .

BTA Director of Business Development Hazel Clark (OLY) said: “Last fall, we gave the world a glimpse of our ambitions to foster diversity in sport with Bermuda incomparable golf courses bordered by the ocean as a backdrop. In October, we will unveil an even more exciting itinerary to showcase our strong sport tourism infrastructure, celebrate our partnerships and create a memorable and impactful golf weekend for our visitors. Additionally, this initiative will incorporate important elements of local engagement, including a children’s golf clinic hosted by an international golf phenom. Troy Mullins. We are excited about the potential of this event and look forward to welcoming both golf enthusiasts and golf-curious travellers.”

The 2022 APGA Tour event follows the PGA Tour’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship, which became a partner of the 2022 Black Golfer’s Week program. Sean SovacoolExecutive Director of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, said: “Tournament staff are committed to providing a top-notch golf experience for golf professionals. Bermuda. It is equally important to know that removing barriers to entry and supporting diversity in the sport is a critical next step in growing the game of golf around the world. With that in mind, we proudly support the goals and mission of Bermuda Black Golf Week.”

Black Golfers Week will take place at Bermuda from October 24-31, 2022. For more information, visit www.bermudadrivingdiversity.com.

Photo caption (LR): Clyde Best MBE, pioneer black Premier League footballer from Bermuda UK, Kim Swan JP, MP, international golf professional, and John Carlos (OLY), Olympian and activist explore conversations around diversity at Black Golfer’s Week 2021 preview event hosted by BTA’s Director of Global Sales, Hazel Clark 3x team United States Olympian.

About the Bermuda Tourism Authority
The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) is an independent, non-governmental entity and the official destination marketing organization for the island nation. The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) promotes Bermuda globally as a world-class destination for leisure, group travel and tourism investment. For more information, visit: www.gotobermuda.com/bermudatourism.

Contact: Amy Moynihan
Director of Global Communications and Partnerships
[email protected] | 212.916.3139

SOURCE Bermuda Tourism Authority

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