The 30th H.O.T Challenge Golf Tournament will raise funds for BHI
Every year, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) raises funds through its H.O.T Challenge Golf Tournament to award scholarships to African Americans. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Hospitality Open Tournament (H.O.T) Challenge Golf Tournament.
Continue reading this news to get the event details and history.
H.O.T Challenge Golf Tournament will kick off on 28th April
The GMCVB will kick off its annual Hospitality Open Tournament Challenge Golf Tournament on Friday, 28th April 2023. The event will start at 8 am, where acclaimed instructors from the Jim McLean Golf School will offer 2-hour golf clinic training to help those who want to improve their games. Anyone who isn’t interested in competing in the tournament can sign up for this training instead.
Participants will also get to network with other golfers at an open bar and buffet luncheon, join the expo with giveaways, attend the award ceremony, and experience a silent auction.
There’s a $500 registration fee that goes to fund the Black Hospitality Initiative (BHI) to award scholarships for the next generation of Blacks of African descent and African Americans who want to improve the tourism industry of Miami-Dade County.
A little history lesson in BHI
Black Hospitality Initiative (BHI) was established in 1991 following a boycott to draw attention to the employment inequities in the tourism industry. South Florida’s black community led the tourism boycott, which paved the way for a 20-point program to focus on the role played by the black community of Greater Miami and Miami Beach in boosting the hospitality sector.
The industry partners, sponsors, and GMCVB offer operational support, resources, and staff to facilitate BHI. Since its inception, the H.O.T Challenge has awarded scholarships to 450 Blacks of African descent and African Americans by raising over $3.5 million in funds.
According to the director of BHI, Graylyn Swilley Woods, these scholarships are an investment in the future to build leaders and promote diversity in the industry.
The H.O.T Challenge Golf Tournament successfully raised and awarded scholarships to 14 students during the 2022-2023 year.