Sports, activism, education excellence all add up to ETHS sophomore Olivia Ohlson

Sports, activism, education excellence all add up to ETHS sophomore Olivia Ohlson



It all began six years ago with cookies and lemonade, it was the summer before young Olivia Ohlson turned 10.

Olivia Ohlson, ETHS sophomore, athlete, activist and organizer of Diversify Golf Credit: Najiah Osborne

Olivia’s stand raised more than $10,000 for breast cancer research soon after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Being part of change wasn’t new for Olivia, her family has always prioritized giving back to the community. And she is an athlete, Olivia plays three sports; basketball, golf and softball.

The now 15-year-old athlete also facilitates a program called, “Diversify Golf,” where she teaches children of all backgrounds the basics of the sport.

“Diversify Golf,” is held at Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center for kids attending camp.

She is hoping to reach young girls of color, but all kids are welcome.

“A lot of my students don’t know about golf at all,” said Olivia. So her work is “all about informing people, and diversifying” the sport.

Olivia schedules the kids in the program, and brings in adult special guests to mentor and teach the kids. Those people also talk about how they got interested in golf. She also has help from ETHS freshman Belaye Hughes, sophomores Miles Gustafsonand Molly O’Hare, who are volunteers, and work with Olivia.

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