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10News Leadership: San Diego man lifts up kids through golf

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 20:46:00-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego man has made it his mission to lift up young people through sports.

Gordon Brown is our LEAD San Diego Leadership Award winner for December.

He’s a mentor for inner-city golfers, a sport often seen as a past-time for the 1 percent.

“I played golf across the street from my house from where we lived, on the school ground. It was five of, three of us, that used one golf club,” said Brown.

From those humble beginnings in South Carolina, Brown forged a career in professional golf that eventually led him to San Diego. In 1973, he started helping disadvantaged kids learn the game.

"What golf teaches to the kids that we've raised through the San Diego inner City Junior Golf Foundation is honor, dignity respect, etiquette, and truly wanting to do something better with their lives.”

Brown estimates he has worked with thousands of kids over the years. He may not remember them all, but they remember his patience, skill, and generosity through the San Diego Inner-City Junior Golf Foundation.