Join us for Tee Up Diversity on Thursday, June 16 at The Newbury, hosted by The Reaching Back Foundation, with support from The Country Club.
Tee Up Diversity combines the opportunity to access world-class golf at the 122nd U.S. Open Championship with an exciting inaugural event, Tee Up Diversity. This event will be held on Thursday, June 16 at The Newbury Boston, hosted by The Reaching Back Foundation with support from The Country Club. Invited guests include African American trailblazers Jim Dent, Jim Thorpe, and Renee Powell (UGA Legend and LPGA Star), renowned professional athletes, and golf enthusiasts.
“Diversity remains one of the major challenges facing the golf industry, one that can only be addressed with continued initiatives to broaden the audience, reach underrepresented individuals, and support their engagement with the sport,” said Will Fulton, General Chair for the 2022 U.S. Open.
“Tee Up Diversity will be a fun and important way to celebrate both what has been achieved, and all that can be done in the future.”
The event will raise funds to help organizations dedicated to addressing educational and professional development inequities still evident today with an emphasis on programs relating to the business and game of golf.
This special event will recognize the history of the United Golfers Association (UGA, also known as the Chitlin’ Circuit and the Negro Golf Tour) and little-known greats such as Bill Spiller, Ted Rhodes, Howard Wheeler, Ann Gregory, Charlie Sifford, Pete Brown, and Thelma Cowans, while also recognizing their important contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
The Lee Elder Internship, which has been established by The Country Club, host site for the 122nd U.S. Open, and will run during the week of the championship
Our Host Comedians will join Damon Hack, NBC Sports, live and in person for a night of golf history, commentary, comedy, and interviews with other special guests from the sports desk during the event.
NBC Sports Desk Commentator
Honoring Golf Great, Lee Elder
The centerpiece of our work is The Lee Elder Internship a program that will introduce golf’s many career opportunities to underrepresented interns from around the world and establish an important pathway to diversify an $84 billion dollar industry in which only a small fraction of jobs are held by minorities. We are also hosting a USGA History of Golf exhibition on our campus during Open Week that will highlight the extraordinary achievements of golfers from the United Golfers Association (UGA) also known as the Negro Golf League who played at the highest level of the game including Lee Elder.
Schedule of Events
All Sponsors Will Enjoy An Elevated Event Experience! 2 Golf Events, 2 Parties, 1 Opportunity
The Country Club (limited access)
U.S. Open Championship
Sponsors receive an exclusive 5-day pass with access to special events during the U. S. Open. These premium tickets are unavailable to the public.
Thurs. june 16
6:30-10:30 PM The Newbury Boston (limited access)
Tee Up Diversity
Sponsors receive exclusive access to a special event with celebrities, athletes, golf greats, sportscasters, “meet and greets” with selected actors and the biggest names in golf. Featuring live performances.
Thurs. june 16
10:30 PM UNTIL... Contessa at The Newbury Boston (limited access)
The After Party
Following Tee Up Diversity, join us for The After Party, a VIP event on the hotel’s rooftop at the city’s hottest restaurant, Contessa, with music by DJ Chris Roxx. Sponsored by Good Dogg Beverages. Note: Invite Only
FRI. JUNE 17
The area’s premier country clubs (limited access)
Play a Round of Golf
Select sponsors will have the opportunity to play a round of golf on Friday.
The Country Club
The Newbury Boston
About The Reaching Back Foundation
The Reaching Back Foundation, Inc., founded by a group of minority professionals in 1997, is a Massachusetts Non-Profit 501(c)(3) that raises funds to provide grants to organizations promoting the educational and professional development of minority students and youth in urban neighborhoods.
Working with members of The Country Club, the Foundation has created a diverse Event Committee to help raise and distribute funds to non-profit organizations providing educational and professional development support to minorities and disadvantaged young people.
Roberta & Macey Russell (TCC U.S. Open DEI Committee Chair) Jennifer & Will Fulton (General Chair, 2022 U.S. Open) Alison (Event Chair) & Ned Corcoran Jim Beatty (Senior Advisor, Tee Up Diversity & Lee Elder Internship Program) Tarek DeLavallade (Senior Advisor, Tee Up Diversity & Lee Elder Internship Program)
Alison Brown & Gregory White Clemmie & Jim Cash Rebecca Nordhaus & Will Curry Candy Hannemann & Adam Grossman Minnie & Brent Henry Lisa & Glenn Johnson Julia & Scott MacKenzie Shannon & Aengus McAllister Sara & Nii Amaah Ofosu-Amaah Jessica & George Sargent Jennifer & Alex Tschumakow Caroline & Don Young
Have questions about Sponsor Opportunities, or the overall experience? Contact our event office, AJ Events. We will be happy to answer any of your questions or fill out the form and we will respond within 24 hours. AJ Events 617-267-2244