Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation



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Monday, 02 February 2009 00:00

"Langston hopes Obama to make tee time"
(excerpts from article by Leonard Shapiro)

Langston has been both a playground and a meeting ground for generations of African-American golfers. In recent years, the course has also drawn a diverse flock of dedicated players of all ages, genders and races to its challenging 6,500-yard, par-72 layout that stands a driver and a 3-wood away from RFK Stadium.

The course, which counts about 25,000 rounds played a year, was opened in 1939 at a time when African-American golfers were prohibited from playing virtually all of the Washington area's other segregated public or private golf courses, unless it was caddie day. Harold Ickes, then the Secretary of Interior under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a driving force behind getting the course built. Over its 70-year existence, the venue has attracted more than its share of famous black golfers, including heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, Hall of Fame baseball player Maury Wills and professional golfer Lee Elder, who once had a contract to manage the facility in the 1980s.

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Monday, 02 February 2009 00:00

"Garvin focused on changing lives"
(from article by Leonard Shapiro)


Jimmy Garvin is the consummate golf hustler, with hundreds of youngsters in some of the toughest sections of the nation's capital the primary beneficiaries of his tireless efforts on their behalf.


Garvin is the president and a part-owner of Golf Course Specialists, the management company that runs all three of the public golf courses in the District of Columbia on land owned by the National Park Service. His journey to his modest, cluttered office attached to the cinder-block clubhouse at historic Langston Golf Course in northeast Washington has taken some remarkable twists and turns throughout the years for a man born into poverty in the tiny Florida town of Immokalee -- the same hometown of Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James near Everglades National Park. These days, Garvin, 53, spends many of his waking hours hustling to raise funds to support a number of educational programs linked closely to his golf courses and aimed primarily at helping neighborhood youngsters to not only stay in school but also thrive and eventually move on to colleges around the country, whether with or without the golf skills his programs also teach. "Golf is the carrot, but education is the key," has become Garvin's often-repeated mantra, along with his "five P's -- planning, patience, persistence, prepared and possibilities." And he remains a role model for using golf, or any other sport, to achieve success off the course.


The money he raises from a wide variety of sources and benefactors -- including his annual celebrity tournament -- is plowed right back into the Interpretive Education Center and all the programs he has helped organize. The center, an oversized classroom attached to the clubhouse complex a wall away from the bustling snack bar, is stocked with a number of donated computers fully loaded with educational software. It's also filled to the brim with textbooks, college directories and even golf instructional texts and is open virtually every day to anyone who wants to sign up, always free of charge. Volunteer instructors donate time and energy to keep it humming as an after-school center, and adults can attend evening sessions, too. Garvin spends time both teaching and recruiting staff and students from all around the city. "What he's done for the kids is just incredible," said Tony Burnett, the retired longtime head groundskeeper and superintendent at nearby RFK Stadium who plays golf at Langston almost every day. "They have the opportunity to learn the game if they want, and many of them do, and they have access to all these computers in the youth center. He's had great success with it, and he's a hero to a lot of these kids. He should be."

Friday, 12 September 2008 00:00

"Golf's Pied Piper"
(From article by Thom Loverro)

As the Ryder Cup approaches and the notion of country and honor is linked to a golf tournament, of all things, it is worth noting that the true notion of honor in golf is alive and well at Langston Golf Course in the District, thanks to Jimmy Garvin. 

Garvin, the general manager at Langston and the president of the Langston Legacy Golf Corp., is the pied piper of golf in the District. He has devoted countless hours to tournaments and training programs at Langston to introduce minority youth to golf and the doors that can open when you play the game.

Thursday, 26 June 2008 00:00

Jimmy Garvin featured on Lee Pitts Live.



"Immokalee's Garvin bringing golf, hope to youngsters through foundation"
(From article by Adam Fisher)


Jimmy Garvin is coming home again, and he's bringing with him the opportunities he never had as a poor child growing up in Collier County.

Garvin came from a two-room shack in Immokalee in the 1960s to become the president of the Langston Legacy Golf Foundation in Washington, D.C. Because of his work with the foundation and dedication to youth education, Garvin was inducted into the African American Golf Hall of Fame as a philanthropist in 2006.

Now he's brining his goodwill and charitable spirit to the less-fortunate kids of Collier County. Garvin announced at a Thursday press conference that he is establishing a branch of the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation in Southwest Florida. The program will teach golf to kids, focusing on minorities, while emphasizing education and getting them ready for college.

“That I'm able to come home and do this here for the kids that are left behind means a lot to me,” said Garvin, 51. “These kids have not had an opportunity to be part of the game of golf.”

As with his program at Langston Golf Course in Washington, golf will not be the main focus in Collier County. Garvin is a certified instructor of the game, but seeks to help kids earn high school diplomas more than holes-in-one.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 00:00

"Minority Youth to Benefit from Jimmy Garvin's Golf Experiences"
(From The Pine Hills News Website)

NAPLES, Fl — The Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to youth education through golf instruction, is coming to the Sunshine State and, to many Floridians this is no surprise.

A Press Conference will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2008 at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce in Naples, Florida to announce the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation’s efforts to raise money for youth education.

Garvin, his wife Lana, and his Florida associates, along with the Langston in the 21st Century Foundation of Washington, DC, will all outline their plans to provide educational and life-skills to minority youth linked with golf, youth clinics, workshops and mentoring. Plans include a fall charity golf tournament at The Ritz Carlton-Tiburon Golf Course in Naples on October 10-12.

“It’s like coming home to share my experiences with kids,” says Garvin who was born in Immokalee, Florida.  From humble beginnings, Jimmy Garvin graduated from Immokalee High School and he graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC where he attended on a baseball scholarship.  An injury caused him to develop a new love— golf.

He now operates and owns golf courses in the Washington, DC area, and directs educational and golf programs for youths. His wife Lana, herself a graduate of Howard University, specializes in the learning centers.

Many of their protégées have gone to college on golf scholarships and they want to do the same here.