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December 2009  Volume 4

The Golf Channel Explores Obstacles Faced by Native American Youth & Pathways Forward
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New Mexico: Golf in America is an original series for the Golf Channel. GA recently traveled to New Mexico to visit with Notah Begay III and highlight the work of the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation. Todd Lewis, a Golf Channel  anchor and reporter, visited the  Foundation and the Tohajiilee High School Golf Program to explore Notahís work .
The program also explored the many obstacles Native youth face in participating in the sport of golf.

 The show will be aired nationwide in June 2010 on the Golf Channel.

Golf in America visited with Tohajiilee students and tribal members who built a three-hole golf course using coffee cans, sticks, the desert and their passion for golf. The closest public course the students can use is more than 45 minutes away.

Poverty is a big obstacles for Tohajiilee youth who wish to play golf.  The Navajo Nationís unemployment rate is 44%; over 37% live below the poverty level. Limited resources make it difficult for kids to participate in the game. Despite these obstacles, Tohajiilee youth, coaches, the community School and Notah Begay's Foundation are building a successful and growing golf program that teaches the game, leadership, and life skills that go beyond the course. Corporate partners like Callaway Golf and Antigua Apparel are helping the players with outfits and equipment.

The NB3 Foundation wants to increase Native youths' chance to play golf at recreational and competitive levels. It will also explore academic and career pathways that golf has to offer. Such opportunities are growing in Indian Country -- more than 70 tribally owned golf facilities now in existence.

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