How a Simple Invitation Becomes a Powerful Way To Grow Golf - Laura Diaz, Sr. Director of Community & Inclusion With The LPGA #HeliumRadio
“If we go back in history, systemically with PGA of America’s “Caucasian Only Clause” that was in effect till 1960, which was not that long ago. So if you look at that, you really didn’t see that many black, brown, Hispanic people in the game. Fast forward to me growing up, people still didn’t have that representation. I’m a big believer in “If you can see it, you can be it” right. If I can see somebody that looks like me, if I have that representation that I can get into this sport, or I can see a career in it.” – Laura Diaz, Sr. Director of Community & Inclusion With The LPGA
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“I’ve always thought of golf as a game of invitation, because when I hear stories of whether it’s women, or colleagues who’ve taken up the game it’s always like, “oh, my husband plays. So, I eventually played”. Or my dad played, which is my case and we played golf. I asked my mom a couple years ago. “Why don’t you play golf”? And she said, because nobody ever invited me. To me that was heartbreaking because my mom was an athlete, but she let golf be something that my dad and my brother and I did separately.”
“I have become a lot more self-aware about being that person that invites others because we do get clicky. You have your foursome that you play with on the weekends. You like it because you all play fast, you know everybody’s game. Which is great. I love that about golf. But if we can be more self-aware and intentional about inviting someone that doesn’t look like you or inviting someone that you might think, “Hey this person might not want to go”. This person might be looking for an invitation. The invite part I think is important.”
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Special Guest: Laura Diaz, Sr. Director of Community & Inclusion at The LPGA.