James “Jimmy” Garvin, Co-Owner, The Marlton Golf Club
Born to a migrant farm worker and a timber logger of humble means in Immokalee, Florida, Garvin began his mythical athletic journey playing baseball and beating drums for the Collier County, Florida public school system. At the early age of 16, Garvin was Collier County's first African American percussionist to be honored with the state of Florida’s prestigious John Phillip Sousa award for band excellence.
A star baseball pitcher and Collier County's three sport All American, Garvin was heavily recruited to study music, play basketball, football and/or baseball by several universities and colleges throughout the country. Finally, after much debate, his arrival in Washington was determined when Garvin accepted a full athletic scholarship to play baseball and attend Howard University under the tutelage of Chuck Hinton, former head Baseball Coach of Howard University and former Washington Senators’ professional baseball player. Click here to see photos from the Hall of Fame Induction CeremonyA parental bond was formed that endures to this day.
The mission of the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation is to prepare kids for the challenge of golf and the challenge of life. We strive to provide kids with a place where they can routinely increase their learning skills while playing golf and be instilled with etiquette that is the cornerstone of the game. In addition to developing these young boys and girls as higher learners, they will acquire the values associated with integrity, honesty, sportsmanship and much more.
Interpretive Education Center
The Interpretive Education Center at the historic Langston Golf Course continues to operate under the auspices of Langston in the 21st Century, an IRS sanctioned 501©3 non-profit, tax exempt, public organization, whose mission and focus is educating children.
The historic Langston Golf Course was officially opened in 1939 as a venue for minority participation in the game of golf. It was named after John Mercer Langston, a renowned educator and prominent political figure of that era. Langston Golf Course is on the National Register of Historic Places and maintained and preserved by the National Park Service. Langston is known as the home of the internationally renowned Capital City Open Pro-Am Tournament and the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Scholarship Classic.
The Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation, an IRS sanctioned 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt, public organization was established to advance the Mission of educating juniors using golf as the threshold to the future.