Chevron – Champ Launches HBCU Golf Scholarship — The Sacramento Observer
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Prairie View A&M College has introduced a $40,000 donation from Sacramento’s Cameron Champ Basis and Chevron Company to ascertain two scholarship funds for student-athletes on its Males’s and Girls’s Golf Groups.
The donation to the Historic Black School and College follows the historic conclusion of the pandemic-delayed 2020 Masters Match, the place Augusta Nationwide honored Lee Elder, the primary African American to compete within the match.
“When Lee Elder walked on the Augusta grounds it sent a message: ‘We belong,’” Champ stated.
CHAMP INSPIRED BY THE PAST
Impressed by Elder and Augusta Nationwide’s actions, the scholarship fund, established by the Cameron Champ Basis and Chevron, might be named in reminiscence of Cameron Champ’s grandfather, Mack “Pops” Champ. Mack Champ, an African American, taught Cameron Champ the best way to play golf and, like Elder, impressed his grandson and different minority golfers to pursue aggressive golf.
“My grandfather had such an incredible influence on my life and always inspired me in many ways,” Cameron Champ stated. “I’m so grateful for Pops introducing me to the sport of golf, but additionally for educating me that there’s a lot extra to life than golf. He all the time harassed the significance of giving again and paying it ahead.
Final week, Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership Chairman Fred Ridley addressed how entry and alternatives are nonetheless limitations to the sport, and he hit the nail on the pinnacle when he stated that the time to do extra is now.
That actually sparked this concept, and I assumed, what higher option to honor PaPa Champ than to take up the problem to do extra, proper now,” Champ stated.
MACK CHAMP LEGACY LIVES ON
The Cameron Basis’s funding in PVAMU is part of the inspiration’s work to enhance training and entry to golf in underserved and underrepresented communities.
“We are incredibly grateful to partner with the Cameron Champ Foundation and Chevron to honor Cameron’s grandfather and help other young golfers who follow in their footsteps to realize their dreams,” said PVAMU President Ruth J. Simmons. “With our Men’s Golf winning back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships, our golf program is among the best in the nation. This scholarship will be instrumental to our student-athletes as they achieve excellence in their education and sport.”
“Mack Champ was born in Columbus, Texas, in a segregated neighborhood with limited resources. His determination to fight against systemic racism and discrimination fuels our work,” said Cameron Champ Basis Board Chair, Glenn Weckerlin.
“We recognize that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color and has placed a heavy burden on the university and its already stretched funding. We are thankful that we can collaborate with such a historic institution to provide deserving student-athletes from diverse backgrounds opportunities that they might not otherwise have. We are delighted to contribute to student dreams and hope our actions will inspire others to follow suit—the time is now.”
Champ was chosen third-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Convention for Texas A&M in 2017.
He helped Texas A&M College end second within the 2017 SEC Championship. Champ, a product of The First Tee program in Sacramento, tied for fifth individually at SECs.
Champ was amongst 10 gamers named to the 2017 United States Walker Cup Group, which competed towards Nice Britain and Eire within the 46th Match at The Los Angeles (Calif.) Nation Membership’s North Course.
On the age of 22, Cameron Champ couldn’t return to the school atmosphere. He turned skilled to cash in on his rise to fame.
Texas Prairie View A&M contributed to this report.