Director of Sports & Entertainment, PGA
Wendell Haskins
Director of Sports & Entertainment, PGA
Wendell Haskins is the Director of Sports & Entertainment Relations, PGA of America . Haskins,has created and managed high-impact, charitable events, and is Founder of the Original Tee Golf Classic.He also managed the Soul Train Invitational benefiting the Don Cornelius Foundation.
A dynamic executive and entrepreneur within golf and entertainment, Haskins, fostered charitable and diversity-minded events that have honored pioneers and icons in sports through high-profile golf outings. Among those who were either honored by the Original Tee Golf Classic or held charitable events managed by Haskins, include: groundbreaking PGA Professionals Charlie Sifford and Renee Powell; and basketball stars Julius "Dr. J." Erving, Alonzo Mourning, George Gervin and Sam Jones. The Original Tee event has benefited Golf to End Cancer, the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and The Clearview Legacy Foundation. As well, Haskins has organized charitable events with former New York Giants linebacker Carl Banks, former NBA player Rod Strickland and The National Black MBA Association.
Since 1999, the Original Tee has grown from Haskins' vision to leverage golf, fashion and entertainment, as a means to highlight the history and many contributions of African-Americans to the game. As well, his expertise has made him a sought-after event producer, panelist and speaker. He has appeared at the South Africa Golf Summit, The World Diversity Leadership Summit at the United Nations and spoken to numerous youth groups to advocate participation, diversity and inclusion in the game.
A Hampton (Va.) University graduate, Haskins started his career as a fundraising executive at the United Way of New York City in 1990, where he was division director responsible for raising $1.7 million for the health and human service agencies of New York City.
Haskins served from 1996-2000 as Director of Artist and Repertoire/Artist Development for Island Records' Def Jam Recordings label, where he worked with iconic international acts, such as LL Cool J and many others.
The 2009 Outstanding Leader in Golf Award winner from African American Golfer's Digest, Haskins has also been recognized as the 2012 Ambassador of the Year by Golf to End Cancer. Recently, he has served as a Contributing Writer for The Shadow League, a sports and popular culture website and Uptown Magazine. He has worked as a contributing Stylist for Golf Channel’s "Golf in America" show and Essence Magazine, as well as a Creative Director, Television Co-Host and Style Consultant for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.