Golf trailblazer to speak at MetroHealth’s Black History Month event
Renee Powell, the second African-American woman to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour, will discuss her life and legacy for minorities, women and other underserved communities at MetroHealth's Black History Month event at noon on Tuesday, February 12, in Scott Auditorium.
After joining the LPGA Tour, Renee competed in more than 250 events. Since leaving, she has devoted her life to introducing life skills and growing the game among vulnerable children, members of the military and golfers of all ages. She also has been an International Goodwill Ambassador, making 25 trips to Africa. Renee's talents as a clothing designer resulted in her work being featured at Harrods in London.
Renee learned how to golf from her father, William Powell, founder of the Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. Clearview is the first golf course designed, built and owned by an African American, and is operated by the Powell Family. Today, Renee is the LPGA/PGA Head Golf Professional at Clearview, where she's keeping her father's legacy of "Golf for Everyone" alive.
Renee's honors include:
- Northern Ohio PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductee (she and her father are the only father-daughter inductees)
- The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Honorary Member (one of the first two American women selected)
- PGA of America 'First Lady of Golf '& PGA Class A Teaching Professional
- LPGA Pioneer Award & Lifetime Tour Member
- GOLF DIGEST, Top 50 Female Teaching Professionals
The theme of this event is "How to Break Boundaries and Barriers." This program is co-sponsored by the African American Alliance and Women@Metro Employee Resource Groups. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.