History of the OMYGA
The Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association began in September 1991, following a successful and encouraging meeting between concerned citizens; T.J. Dorsey, DDS, Marvin Jackson, Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Drug and Free Living and the Director of Recreation for the City of Orlando, Don Wilson.
The idea of a minority youth golf program became a reality. The Recreation Department agreed to provide used clubs, gloves, a field designated for practice and golf course playing when available. Videos and tapes were also provided by the City Recreation Department. The Center for Drug Free Living agreed to provide assistance in recruiting youth and to provide drug prevention education. With Dr. Dorsey as Chief Administrator, the program was underway. The program season starts in January and ends in November. With over 100 members and participating parents, the organization is family oriented while nurturing the professionalism and discipline required to play the game of golf.
The Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association program is designed to introduce minority youth, ages 6 to 18, to the sport of golf and to equip them with the skills to succeed in both golf and life. By teaching the skills required to succeed on the golf course, these inner-city and urban-area youth learn the importance of discipline which will help them grow in almost every aspect of life. The youth also develop various character traits such as positive self-esteem, self-motivation, self-direction and self-respect. Additionally, the OMYGA program aids in producing quality golf athletes that then qualify for high school and college golf teams.