Ochoa Foundation aims at a bigger game


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lorena Ochoa is aiming to bring the benefits of golf to Latinos and others “under-represented” in the game.

After posting a 2-under-par 70 and moving into a tie for second at the Kraft Nabisco Championship Friday, Ochoa appeared at a news conference announcing the creation of the Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation.

The foundation is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization headquartered in Riverside, Calif. It’s distinct from the Lorena Ochoa Foundation, a Mexican-based organization devoted to a school for underprivileged students.

“We’re trying to reach out to all the Latinos and make sure we help them as much as we can and give them the opportunity to learn the game of golf,” Ochoa said.

The foundation’s aim is to bring not just the game but career opportunities in golf to Latinos and those who aren’t well represented in the game. The foundation intends to make its start in Southern California introducing golf in non-traditional settings like community centers, soccer tournaments and even shopping centers.

For more information, go to www.lorena4golf.com.