Doris LaCour and Jennifer Hopson
Recently, ‘Tee Divas and Tee Dudes Golf Club’ presented a check for $10,000 to Jennifer Hopson, director of African American Health Equity of the American Heart Association (AHA) who is responsible for the African American outreach for the ‘Go-Red For Women Initiative.’ Her efforts with the ‘American Heart Association’s Powerful Black Families’ will culminate in a celebration scheduled for this summer entitled “Sista’s Go Red”. The ‘…Black Families’ celebration in the community will be an effort to help raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease and how to help prevent it
The fundraiser for the AHA was the brainchild of Doris LaCour, founder and president of the ‘Tee Divas and Tee Dudes Golf Club’ for a very personal reason. “My mother and father both died young as a result of heart disease” she stated. “I want to do everything I can to help educate minority communities on how to eat better, exercise more and become aware of the non traditional signs associated with heart attacks and strokes. My golf club has been involved with other causes and immediately agreed to support the tournament to raise funds to help spread the word about the importance of heart health,” she stated.
‘Tee Divas and Tee Dudes Golf Club’ hosted the golf tournament on March 19, at the beautiful Tijeras Creek Golf Course to raise money for the ‘Go Red for Women Initiative’ of the AHA. The tournament theme of ‘Swing From Your Heart’ targeted the ‘Go Red for Women Initiative’ because according to the AHA, women have been largely ignored as a specific group affected by heart disease. “Only 55 percent of women realize that heart disease is their number one killer, less than one half of that number knows what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. Know your numbers and check your life style,” she concluded.
‘Go Red for Women …’ celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together to wipe out heart disease, and stroke. Women have always considered heart disease to be an older man’s disease, when in fact, it claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women annually. With the awareness brought about through the efforts of the ‘Go Red Initiative,’ both men and women will become aware of the risks for heart disease, and take action to reduce their personal risk.
“We met Jennifer Hopson while doing research in connection with heart disease education for the tournament. I am overwhelmed with the support we have received from the ‘Tee Divas and Tee Dudes Golf Club.’ Their donation and promise of support for the Powerful Black Families celebration this summer will go far toward the ultimate success of this celebration,” LaCour stated.
“Through the Powerful Black Families celebration, we expect to have men and women become empowered to take charge of their own health” Hopson concluded.
“The Tee Divas and Tee Dudes Golf Club is happy to have developed a relationship with Jennifer and the American Heart Association. We will partner with the Powerful Black Families Celebration and help get other golfers involved” stated LaCour. “Although golf is not immediately thought of when thinking of heart related exercise, it is in fact a heart healthy activity; walking, fresh air and being with other people.
“We are grateful for our tournament sponsors, Nestle Corporation; Watson Land Co.; Shawn Washington Accounting Services; Premier Maintenance Service; Englander Knabe & Allen – Marcus Allen; Ken Bentley; Earthwise Bags, Inc.; Angie Wiley and Young’s Market Company,” she concluded.
Tee Divas and Tee Dudes Golf Club is a member of the Western States Golf Association (WSGA). WSGA is comprised of member clubs in the five western states, Nevada, Arizona, Washington and Oregon with a membership of over 1300. There are 12 member clubs in Southern California. WSGA President Tamera Baxter and sponsor, Shawn Washington joined the tournament.