Golf Tournament In D.C. To Benefit South Africans

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: July 28, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On August 25, 2006, Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB) will be sponsoring a fundraising Golf Day Scholarship Tournament, at Langston Golf Course one of the historical courses originally built as a segregated golf facility to provide African-American golfers with a course they could call their own.

Langston has been the home course of the Royal Golf Club and the Wake Robin Golf Club, the nation’s first clubs for Black men and women, respectively.

Langston is also home of the international Pro-Am tournament, the Capital City Open, a renowned event that has attracted participation by such celebrities as Bob Hope, former President Gerald R. Ford, and Joe Louis, as well as prominent players, including Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Jim Thorpe, and many other African-American professional golfers.

Significant for its symbolic association with the development and desegregation of public golfing and recreational facilities in the greater Washington, DC area, the Langston staff and the Hall of Fame Golfer, Mr. Jimmy Garvin welcomes MESAB and this golf day event.

Founded in 1985 at the height of apartheid, Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization partnership between Americans and South Africans dedicated to increasing healthcare human resources, thereby improving access to quality healthcare for South Africans who are historically disadvantaged.

It is the largest private organization providing scholarships to black South Africans to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and other health-related fields at South-Africa’s universities and technical schools.

Since 1985, MESAB has: funded over 11,000 grants to students of the health professions and supported over 4,500 alumni who are now practicing as doctors, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals.

MESAB has also been responsible for expanding the MESAB Mentorship Program to help improved the graduation rate for our scholarship recipients, as well as sustained the Perinatal Education Program (PEP) through its training of well over 1,800 nurse-midwives.

MESAB fostered the Kovler Fellowship Program in its mission to unite African-American and Jewish-American health professionals in brining in new research and focus to the main healthcare issues facing South Africa.

The organization also initiated the MESAB HIV/AIDS Palliative Care Training Initiative designed to help those sick and dying as a result of the ever-worsening AIDS crisis.

Through MESAB’s support over 210 healthcare professionals and community care workers have been trained in palliative care and medicine.

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