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Hahn Launches $50,000 Golf Initiative for Southeast Los Angeles 150 150 Hayley Munguia

Hahn Launches $50,000 Golf Initiative for Southeast Los Angeles

Program will offer golf clinics and related opportunities designed for Latinas, seniors, youth, among others

Downey, CA — Yesterday, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn launched her Golf Initiative for Southeast LA, a collaboration with the Latina Golfers Association (LGA). Hahn presented a $50,000 check to Azucena Maldonado, the organization’s founder. The LGA will use the funds to run five different programs for women, youth, mothers/daughters, middle school girls, and senior citizens. The goal of the initiative is to open not only playing golf to groups that have not historically participated in the sport, but giving them access to the various benefits that golf offers, from exercise to personal and professional advancement.

“Women and girls still face barriers in everything from sports to business to government, and for Latinas those hurdles are even higher. That means missing out not only on the fun of playing golf, but on all the great opportunities that golf offers,” said Hahn. “With this initiative, we’re going to help knock that barrier down for people who have been overlooked and underserved in golf.”

Dozens of participants signed up for the inaugural golf clinic held yesterday at the Los Amigos Golf Course in Downey, including middle school students, seniors, and local leaders among others. Councilmembers Dr. Monica Sanchez of Pico Rivera, Brenda Olmos of Paramount, and Gabriela Gomez of Bell Gardens also joined the launch, as well as Norwalk mayor Margarita Rios.

“The Latina Golfers Association is honored and humbled to receive the support and generous grant from Supervisor Janice Hahn,” said Maldonado. “Supervisor Hahn’s Tee It Up Golf Initiative for Southeast Los Angeles is going to have a huge impact in the lives of residents of all ages and the Latina Golfers Association is so excited to be given this opportunity to share the benefits of golf with the community.”

The Latina Golfers Association was founded in 2008 with the goal of “empowering girls and women using golf as the vehicle to break gender and cultural barriers in the business world.” Through their participation in LGA programs, participants are able to take part in business and corporate golf outings and networking opportunities.

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