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THE JOHN SHIPPEN was established by Intersport to identify historical barriers to and expand upon Black representation in the sport of golf and create awareness, access and opportunities for persons of color in the business of sports.

The event is named after John Shippen, Jr., who was the first American-born golf professional and also the country's first Black golf professional. Shippen was bestowed PGA of America membership posthumously in 2009.

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THE JOHN SHIPPEN is a vehicle to provide opportunities that can fundamentally increase diversity in golf on a national scale. The sport of golf is an $84 billion industry with more than two million golf-related jobs. However, less than one percent of PGA of America club professionals are Black, and only four current PGA Tour players are Black.

These statistics do not reflect a lack of talented Black golfers, but rather, they reflect limited access and resources. Historical barriers for Black golfers include: affordable and consistent access to championship courses, quality golf equipment, top-rated swing coaches, sponsorship and access to funding for housing and travel.

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NATIONAL INVITATIONAL

THE JOHN SHIPPEN, a 36-hole competition at the historic Detroit Golf Club, will invite the nation’s top Black amateur and professional golfers to compete on June 27-28, 2021 – with the men’s field competing for an exemption into the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the women’s field vying for exemptions into the LPGA’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

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NATIONAL INVITATIONAL

THE JOHN SHIPPEN, a 36-hole competition at the historic Detroit Golf Club, will invite the nation’s top Black amateur and professional golfers to compete on June 27-28, 2021 – with the men’s field competing for an exemption into the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the women’s field vying for exemptions into the LPGA’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

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SPORTS BUSINESS SUMMIT

THE JOHN SHIPPEN Sports Business Summit will be held virtually June 29-30, 2021 to create awareness of opportunities within the sports industry for high school and college students of color. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for paid internships and scholarships from event supporters at this FREE event.

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SPORTS BUSINESS SUMMIT

The John Shippen Sports Business Summit will be held virtually June 29-30, 2021 to address the lack of Black representation in business and leadership roles in golf and across sports and to create awareness and opportunities in the business of sports for high school and college students of color. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply for paid internships and scholarships from event supporters.

ABOUT JOHN SHIPPEN, JR

The John Shippen event is named in honor of John Shippen, Jr., the first American-born golf professional and the first Black golf professional.

John Shippen, Jr., the original trailblazer for Blacks in golf, played in five U.S. Opens from 1896-1913.

ABOUT JOHN SHIPPEN, JR

The John Shippen event is named in honor of John Shippen, Jr., the first American-born golf professional and the first Black golf professional.

John Shippen, Jr., the original trailblazer for Blacks in golf, played in five U.S. Opens from 1896-1913.

ABOUT JOHN SHIPPEN, JR

The John Shippen event is named in honor of John Shippen, Jr., the first American-born golf professional and the first Black golf professional.

John Shippen, Jr., the original trailblazer for Blacks in golf, played in five U.S. Opens from 1896-1913.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

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GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to get involved in THE JOHN SHIPPEN. Becoming a partner, supporting students with internships or volunteering with the event are just a few ways to have an impact. Click below to contact us.

TELECAST

A one-hour special about THE JOHN SHIPPEN will air on CBS leading into final round coverage of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday, July 4. Check your local listings.