Day 2: Attendees Enjoy Fun and Fitness at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge

On Friday, the 2012 Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge was in full swing, literally, as guests were able to practice their stroke on the links and on the tennis courts shortly after sunrise.

Rodney Green came back for another year with his first class staff to instruct the Beginner’s Golf Academy. The driving range was teeming with conference attendees eager to learn how to play or develop their skills they learned at the course in previous years. Guests were inspired as Rodney shared information about his story, the history of his company, and how he met each member of his team, his family. “There are not many times you will have the opportunity to be around this many African-American professional golfers,” Rodney noted. The students also learned a lesson in persistence as he told the story of Aniesia Williams who was a part of the academy one year prior and after staying in contact and not taking no as a final answer, is now his Brand Manager.

Guests who were not playing golf or tennis had the opportunity to join the Aetna Wake and Walk, taking a tour around the beautiful Doral golf courses. Health enthusiasts also attended the RIPTIGHT course taught by Karen McLean. As a certified personal trainer, owner of McLean Fitness and former American Gladiator contender, Karen led the RIPTIGHT class at the Challenge for the 8th year. At 51 years young, her energy and uber-toned physique confirmed that 50 is indeed the new 20.

“I came to get motivation to workout more and Karen definitely has inspired me to do just that,” said Dr. Bonita Gillard, a pediatrician from northern New Jersey. Bonita was invited by her friend, Dr. Kemi Alli, who attended last year and brought her girlfriend and son back with her this year.

Joyce Stroud, a media executive who has come to almost every Golf and Tennis Challenge since the very first event in 1993, took Salsa lessons as the last of her morning fitness activities. She completed the 7 am walk and 9 am RIPTIGHT course as well. “This is my ‘cleanup’ after the summer each year, she explained. She continues to come back to the challenge because she enjoys the people and the amenities, especially the spa.

–by Mia Hall


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