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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MICHAEL’S 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.
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