PODCAST: S2:EP26–Michael Lowe, Youth on Course

Join us for S2:EP26 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Michael Lowe from Youth On Course (YOC) sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss how YOC’s golf program provides $5 greens fees allowing many youth the opportunity to participate a golf world which would otherwise not have been open to them.

Michael Lowe serves as the Vice President of Programs for Youth on Course, a non-profit which provides affordable access to play golf for young people along with scholarships and job opportunities through its caddie and internship programs.  

He is a passionate advocate for helping to transform golf into a sport with no financial, social, gender, or cultural barriers. Michael serves on WE ARE GOLF’s Golf’s Diversity Task Force and on the Board of Directors for Success Centers, a San Francisco/Bay Area based non-profit which empowers marginalized community members through education, employment, and art. 

He attended San Diego State University earning a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and a Masters in Education. Prior to his role at Youth on Course, his work included service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, teaching literacy development in K-12 public schools in San Diego, CA, and as a coach for numerous youth sports.

Michael Lowe joins our host Roy Kessel on S2:EP26 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:30 Background and start with Youth on Course
  • 05:00 Costs of joining and benefits to youth
  • 07:15 Eligibility and purpose of Youth on Course
  • 10:30 Fundraising efforts for YOC
  • 12:30 Elijah’s experience and start in YOC
  • 17:00 Long-term benefits to YOC participants
  • 20:30 Educational background and youth experience
  • 25:00 Size of organization and potential growth
  • 27:00 Interaction between pros and kids
  • 30:00 Life lessons from golf
  • 34:00 Stories from caddies
  • 39:00 Michael as Commissioner creating new golf formats.

Website & Social Media Links:

Website: https://youthoncourse.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youthoncourse/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yocgolf/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/youth-on-course/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yocgolf

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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