Think about the vision of the EWGA: Enriching the lives of women through the game of golf. They can appear to be nothing but virtuous words. However, twice in recent weeks, events have taken place that prove these words are more than just words. In fact, the recent events brought the vision of the EWGA to life. There are many who live the organization’s vision every day. There is little doubt that the concept of “paying it forward” comes naturally to EWGA members, and is practiced often.
Here’s what happened: In Tampa, FL a week ago, thousands of women gathered at the national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Annika Sorenstam made a keynote presentation to the attendees. During this event, the EWGA received a very prestigious award from the National Association of Girls & Women in Sport (NAGWS). This honor is the most prestigious award presented by NAGWS to an individual or group that “exemplifies the spirit of devoted service to girls’ and women’s sports and who have by their leadership and industry made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution.” And yes indeed, the EWGA has certainly done just that. With more than 100,000 women participating in EWGA programs since our inception in 1991, we certainly have promoted the game of golf to women and helped them learn the game.
While I was glowing with pride in the organization’s recognition with this honor, I received an email from our friend Rose in Kenya. She was quite excited and wanted to provide us with an update on her girls:
The girls from EWGA’s Drive for Dreams are doing well. The girls from the first group are now big and shaping up well in golf. We are very excited because 4 of them have been invited to visit and play golf at St Andrews in Scotland.
We leave for Scotland on 11th July and return to Nairobi on 1 August. We thank you for opening the door for us as through your invitation to attend the 2007 EWGA conference that I secured this great sponsorship. St Andrews Links will pay for our flights, accommodation and all other expenses! I will be leaving my current job at the end of this month to concentrate on the girls program as I have taken on more children and this will need my full-time commitment.
Together, we truly achieved a milestone by assisting Rose and her girls. This is the EWGA vision come to life! You never know what impact an action you take will have on someone else. When you hear the daily news, read the negative headlines, isn’t it nice to know that there is still a great deal of good going on in our world? Who knows, one of Rose’s girls may be a future golf star! Let’s keep this positive momentum going and continue doing good whenever and wherever we can!