Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation


About Jimmy Garvin

James “Jimmy” Garvin, Co-Owner, The Marlton Golf Club

Born to a migrant farm worker and a timber logger of humble means in Immokalee, Florida, Garvin began his mythical athletic journey playing baseball and beating drums for the Collier County, Florida public school system. At the early age of 16, Garvin was Collier County's first African American percussionist to be honored with the state of Florida’s prestigious John Phillip Sousa award for band excellence.

A star baseball pitcher and Collier County's three sport All American, Garvin was heavily recruited to study music, play basketball, football and/or baseball by several universities and colleges throughout the country. Finally, after much debate, his arrival in Washington was determined when Garvin accepted a full athletic scholarship to play baseball and attend Howard University under the tutelage of Chuck Hinton, former head Baseball Coach of Howard University and former Washington Senators’ professional baseball player. Click here to see photos from the Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyA parental bond was formed that endures to this day.

Majoring in therapeutic recreation with a minor in secondary education and music, the seed to give back and help others was firmly planted. Garvin excelled on the baseball diamond, was elected Co-Capitan of the baseball team and Dormitory President during his Howard years. His dream of a major league baseball career fell short when he was stricken with an arm injury that curtailed his professional baseball pursuits. Undeterred, Garvin turned his athletic focus to his new passion, golf. Driven by his relentless spirit to excel in all of his endeavors, Jimmy, as he is affectionately called, committed himself to the challenge and now we are at the precipice of witnessing history in the making.

Introduced to the game by his mentor, Chuck Hinton, Garvin quickly adapted his physical attributes to the game as an athletic endeavor while looking carefully at the career potential for this segment of the hospitality industry. Having begun his career in food service as one of a few African American managers with the Marriott Corporation’s health care division, Garvin felt a real opportunity existed where he could combine these two passions as a potential career.