Fellowship on the Fairways

A Juneteenth Celebration

In honor and celebration of Juneteenth, Elevate Indy is hosting its first annual Fellowship on the Fairways: a Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2021 to further advance opportunities for urban students.


During this event, Elevate students will be paired with volunteer golfers from the community to play a 9 hole best-ball scramble at Frederick Douglass Park's historic golf course.  For most—if not for all students—this will be their first time playing the game of golf.  This is an adventure opportunity for students that enables them to form positive relationships with their Teacher-Mentors, other Elevate students, and community volunteers. Such relationships are the foundation of the program and give students additional opportunities to be Heard, Known, Seen, and Loved by caring adults.

Such relationships can make all the difference.


For many of the students we serve, they’ve never had the opportunity to formally celebrate Juneteenth.  They’ve likely not be taught much about Juneteenth history or of heroes such as Frederick Douglass—a former slave who escaped to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement and famous for his writings and speeches against slavery. It’s also unlikely that they know the history of the park they are playing and how it has provided an oasis for Black families for 100 years.


Today you can make sure that Elevate students gain the opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth and learn about its historical significance. Think about how special students will feel knowing that this celebration has been planned to honor BIPOC heritage and advance their very own opportunities.


Following the golf scramble there will be a "19th hole" reception for all students featuring awards, a trivia game based the facts they learned while golfing, and a keynote address from Larry Smith, Founder & President of Leading Edge Advisory Firm, focused on celebration of the Juneteenth holiday. 


Will you help give students a Juneteenth celebration they will never forget?


We’ve set a goal to raise $2,021 by June 19, 2021 in celebration of the Juneteenth Holiday. 

107 gifts of $19 will put us over the $2,021 threshold. (It will raise $2,033 to be exact).  But any amount you give will make a difference in the life of an Elevate student.


Larry is Founder & President of Leading Edge Advisory Firm (LEAF LLC), a consultancy that he founded in 2009. LEAF helps academic, non-profit, for-profit, and faith-based organizations improve their efficiency and effectiveness in areas including, but not limited to: Board Development, Feasibility Studies, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development & Effectiveness, Fund Development, Market Research and Analysis, Leadership Development, and Succession Planning.

Larry is the former Managing Director of Indiana University’s Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. The Tobias Leadership Center seeks to transform the practice and theory of leadership across sectors.

Earlier in his career, Larry served as Senior Vice President of Organizational Advancement & Strategic Planning with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Prior to that role, he served as a Director at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Larry also served as Deputy Director of Civil Society Programs for Hudson Institute. He began his career at Cummins Inc., where he acquired experience in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as Director of Corporate Strategy. 


Among the honors Larry has received are being selected for the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, “Indy’s Best & Brightest Award” from Junior Achievement, was named to the inaugural class of NextGen Fellows by American Express and Independent Sector and was selected for the 2010 class of Hoosier Fellows at the Tobias Leadership Center. Larry also has served as a board member for more than a dozen organizations. 


An ordained minister, Larry serves as an Associate Pastor at New Direction Church. He is the proud parent of three exceptional children, a wonderful son-in-law. He is also a grandfather of one. Larry earned a BA from Williams College, where he was a Lehman Scholar. He also earned an MS from Stanford Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow.