We are getting a new look into Howard University’s golf team through its new docuseries on ESPN.
Titled “Why Not Us: Howard Golf,” the show is the fourth installment in ESPN’s “Why Not Us” series. The show is a collaboration with Andscape, FILM 45, and ESPN+ Originals. And the new installment of the series is executive produced by Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media.
“’Why Not Us: Howard Golf’ follows both men’s and women’s golf teams at Howard University as the student-athletes and their coaches navigate the challenges and triumphs of an emerging Division I program,” ESPN described the series in a statement. “With an aim toward building a golf legacy that drives a cultural shift in the sport, Howard Golf is primed to compete for championships at top college tournaments across the country.”
2022 was a major year for Howard’s men’s and women’s golf teams. The men’s team won the 2022 MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Championship and 2022 PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) WORKS. And the women’s team won the 2022 SAS Championship HBCU invitational and the 2022 Cardinal Classic.
Speaking to The Hilltop, Howard’s student newspaper, members of the Howard golf teams shared their excitement about the new series.
“The docuseries will show that we are very hardworking and multi-talented students. Black athletes are willing to put in the work and do what it takes to be successful,” said Raquel Simpson, a senior political science major and journalism minor from Chicago.
“For golf to be getting this kind of attention in the black community is a very huge deal because this is a sport that has historically marginalized people that look like us,” she added.
Episodes one through four of “Why Not Us: Howard Golf” first aired live on August 21 and can now be streamed on ESPNU and ESPN+. And all episodes of the series aired on ESPN 2 on September 6.
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