Cobbs Creek Restoration & Community Foundation

Focusing on Improving the Lives of Young People in Our Community

The Foundation is incorporated to conduct exclusively charitable and/or educational activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.  Subject to and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Corporation is empowered to:

  1. Rehabilitate, restore and maintain Cobbs Creek waterway, create approximately 40 acres of new wetland and rehabilitate, restore and maintain the historic routing of the Cobbs Creek golf course;
  2. Promote the education of and development of youth through programming and scholarship opportunities;
  3. Celebrate and preserve the history of African American golfing at Cobbs Creek, locally and nationally;
  4. Make charitable donations and other charitable transfers that promote charitable and/or educational activities; and,
  5. Celebrate the history of golf in Philadelphia and Philadelphia’s contribution to golf architecture in Philadelphia and the United States.

The Foundation has entered into a long-term lease with the City of Philadelphia for the rehabilitation, restoration, use, maintenance and management of the Cobbs Creek waterway and golf course.

The Foundation will focus on improving the lives of young people in its community, including without limitation, by teaching them life skills using the game of golf as a tool to achieve this purpose. Adolescents will be exposed to the positive values of golf through coaching and training about the rules, etiquette, safety and fundamentals. The Foundation will implement after-school programming at the Cobbs Creek golf course and will partner with other nonprofit organizations to offer existing educational programs. The Foundation has already established relationships with the United States Golf Association (“USGA”) and World Golf Foundation in order to bring their programming to the Cobbs Creek golf course and the surrounding community. For example, the USGA STEM program exposes adolescents to the science of the game of golf by teaching about aerodynamics, energy and force, and the dynamics of the golf swing.

Additionally, through the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee initiative young people are introduced to core values that are part of the game of golf and can be incorporated into everyday life:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Sportsmanship
  • Respect
  • Confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Courtesy
  • Judgment

In addition, the Foundation will operate a cultural history exhibit celebrating and preserving the history of African Americans in golf, including the role of Cobbs Creek in the Underground Railroad, and of golf in Philadelphia.  Entrance into the exhibit hall is free, but attendees will have the option of making a small donation to the Foundation.

The Board of Directors of Cobbs Creek will decide annually, based upon the Foundation’s fundraising success and budget, the amount to award, if any, as charitable donations or charitable transfers to other organizations.  For example, the Foundation hopes to be able to donate funds to the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, originally created by the Golf Association of Philadelphia, whose mission is to “financially aid deserving caddies in their pursuit of higher education.”

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