The Golf Club of Dallas is the only Black-owned golf course in Texas.
Meanwhile, Saturday night in Dallas, the Mavs will serve as a sponsor for the sold-out Texas Black Invitational Rodeo at Fair Park Coliseum.
Approximately 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls compete for cash prizes in bronc and bull riding, calf and steer roping, barrel racing, a Pony Express relay race, and more.
Juneteenth falls on Sunday, June 19, but will be observed in many places on Monday, June 20, this year. The federal holiday is the country’s second day of independence and honors the end of slavery in the United States, which came almost three years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Dallas Mavericks will support the golf tournament and rodeo under the Mavs Take ACTION! initiative, which just celebrated its second anniversary with a mission to keep social justice at the forefront.
“We launched the Mavs Take Action plan back in June  with so much social unrest, and we really wanted to support many different programs and commitment to listen, learn and unite,” said Katie Edwards, Dallas Mavs SVP of external affairs and president of the Mavs Foundation.
The Mavs have donated millions of dollars over the last two years to combat systemic inequalities across the region.
In early June 2020, amidst daily protests on the streets of downtown Dallas and around the world, the Dallas Mavericks launched the “Mavs Take ACTION!” plan as a vehicle for the franchise to address racial disparity in communities. That August, the Mavs pledged seven days of ACTION! after a Game 6 boycott to stand in solidarity with the NBA.
From there, the Mavs Take ACTION! initiative bloomed into a much larger mission with three full-time Mavs employees dedicated to the cause. The Juneteenth Golf Classic is another way the franchise hopes to raise awareness and support for Black-owned businesses.
The DBCC provides access to millions of dollars to fund Black-owned businesses and has continued its efforts with the Juneteenth Golf Classic.
“We’re really grateful to be the beneficiaries of this year’s event,” said Harrison Blair, president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. “In 2021, we were able to give away over $10,000 through our President’s Micro-grant Program to local Black-owned businesses in the Dallas area as a direct result of the 2021 Juneteenth Golf Classic.”
The theme for the Juneteenth Golf Classic is, Celebrate, Support, Collaborate.
Fans are invited to join the Juneteenth Golf Classic Conversation Series on Monday morning from 10 a.m. to noon at The Golf Club of Dallas. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature executives, industry experts, and community leaders to discuss topics from entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, and Juneteenth and how they impact the community.
About the 2022 Juneteenth Golf Classic, presented by the Dallas Mavericks and Mavs Take ACTION!
The Juneteenth Golf Classic is an annual golf event bringing awareness and raising funds for black-owned businesses through the game of golf. Golfers travel from all around the U.S. to participate in this yearly event. The Juneteenth Golf Classic partners with local nonprofit organizations and chambers of commerce to bring their mission to new markets. To find out more about the Juneteenth Golf Classic, visit www.juneteenthgolfclassic.com.