PGA Golf Exhibitions announced its support and participation in the inaugural African American Golf Expo & Forum (AAGEF) on August 21-24 at the Marietta Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.
The opening event is designed to support and raise interest, careers, and opportunities for African American and other communities currently underrepresented in sport. It will feature 20,000 square feet of exhibition space reserved for businesses and organizations owned by minority / focused organizations and a variety of sessions on topics ranging from golf programs at historically black colleges and universities to supplier diversity opportunities.
PGA Golf Exhibitions is also sponsoring a “Share Your Story” video contest for AAGEF exhibiting companies, with the winner receiving free exhibition space at the PGA Show 2022 in Orlando January 25-28. The PGA Show is the industry’s largest global business meeting, attracting nearly 1,000 participating brands and more than 40,000 golf industry professionals, and is a catalyst for building the business of the sport among industry stakeholders.
African American Golf Expo & Forum exhibitors are invited to submit a three minute video telling their brand story of overcoming challenges to meet their business goals. The submission of the competition begins online on August 2, 2021 and ends on September 3, 2021. Further details on the competition can be found here. In addition, all exhibitors at the African American Golf Expo & Forum will receive a special price from AAGEF to take part in the PGA Show 2022 as a new exhibitor.
“The support from PGA Golf Exhibitions is greatly appreciated and welcomed. It clearly shows their belief and commitment to increasing diversity in the $ 84 billion golf industry for African Americans, ”said Jim Beatty, founder of African American Golf Expo & Forum, president of Jim Beatty Golf Ventures, editor-in-chief of African American Golfer’s Digest and Chairman of the WE ARE GOLF Diversity Task Force Recreational and Competitive Play Committee. “Your creative and inspiring Share Your Story video competition to highlight and support companies is inspiring. I look forward to working with your team. “
“We are excited to support the first African American Golf Expo & Forum,” said Marc Simon, Vice President of PGA Golf Exhibitions. “PGA Golf Exhibitions has a strong focus on increasing inclusion and diversity in golf and the golf business. We applaud the efforts of the trade fair organizers and are proud to work with industry supporters to help increase the engagement of underrepresented communities. “
African American Golf Expo & Forum events are open to new and experienced golfers, industry professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, media representatives and golf industry executives with prior registration at www.aagolfexpo.com. The four-day event includes a junior and adult novice golf clinic on August 21, and a scramble tournament and silent auction on August 22 at City Club Marietta Golf Course. The event will move to the Marietta Hilton Hotel and Conference Center from August 23-24, where 20 educational workshops, golf exhibits, hourly raffles and special networking events will take place.
The first African American Golf Expo & Forum is presented by Golf Digest, organized by Jim Beatty, Jim Beatty Golf Ventures, LLC, and sponsored by Acushnet, African American Golfer’s Digest, American Junior Golf Association, Cleveland / Srixon, ClubCorp, Georgia State Golfer Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Golf Pride, GOLFTEC, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA Golf Exhibitions, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Superstore, Titleist and Troon.