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Press Statement November 2, 2023

NAACP Hosts Dynamic Calvin Peete Golf Celebration in Atlanta

Calvin Peete Hero Image - Golf Tournament


November 2, 2023

ATLANTA —   Last week, the NAACP hosted the Calvin Peete Golf Celebration at the Golf Club of Georgia. The event honored outstanding golfers and aimed to emphasize the importance of supporting HBCUs as they have historically and continuously shape a brighter future for Black communities.

NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement:

"Calvin Peete's remarkable journey in the world of golf stands as an example of the sheer fact that Black excellence will never fail to shine through in any space we occupy. His legacy inspires us to strive for greatness even in the face of adversity. The Calvin Peete Golf Celebration is a powerful display of extraordinary talents within our community and we are profoundly honored to have witnessed the spirit of unity between our youth representatives and established community members. The NAACP, since its inception, has been an intergenerational organization and maintains ongoing efforts to nurture the next generation of leaders. Our golf celebration served to illuminate the pivotal role Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play in our society as they have anchored our communities for nearly 200 years — remaining the standard of diversity in academia while paving the path of success for Black Americans. The shared value of community, collaboration, and youth empowerment amongst our sponsors, partners, and attendees underscore our unified support for advancing HBCUs across the nation."


Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins, Rapper

Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, DJ and Media Personality 

Steve Smith, NBA TV and TNT Personality

Seema Sadekar, VP PGD Global, Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer

Simon Iyore Guobadia, CEO, Philanthropist, and Husband of Porsha Williams

Sheree Whitfield, Television Personality, Designer, Fitness Enthusiast, and Executive Producer of WE TV's Selling it in the ATL

Roger Steele, Golf Personality

Takeo Spikes, Former NFL Linebacker

The Dream, Singer, Rapper, Songwriter

Two Lewis, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Philanthropist

Derrick Hayes, Avid Golfer and Husband to Pinky Cole

Angel McCoughtry, WNBA Star and 2x Olympic Gold Medalist

Ty Young, WNBA Star

Tricky Stewart, Music Producer 

Jerome Bettis, NFL Hall of Famer

Clyde Drexler, Former NBA Player and Commissioner of the Big 3

Charles Oakley, NBA Legend and HBCU Graduate

Harold Ellis, Athletic Director, Morehouse and NBA Legend

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Executive Director of the NBPA Foundation 

Reggie Theus, Athletic Director, Bethune Cookman and NBA Legend

For more information about the event, visit

For media inquiries, please contact:

Eileen Lopez

Media & Public Relations

Event Management & Advocacy

(562) 685-5744


About NAACP 

The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.

About PGD Global

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