In the News



  • Rich in history and brimming with hope, East Lake offers glory for the world's greatest golfers and opportunities for those most in need. Find out more in this Georgia Trend advertorial Opportunity Takes Place
  • $75M raised for new Drew Charter School Senior Academy. Atlanta Business Chronicle. (Full article accessed with subscription.)



  • The Wall Street Journal features an article penned by Tom Cousins describing the benefits of holisitic community redevelopment and the effective model pioneered by the East Lake Foundation.  



  • The Atlantic profiles East Lake and Charles R. Drew Charter School.



  • NBC sportscaster Jimmy Roberts speaks to Tom Cousins about the remarkable revitalization of the East Lake community and how other cities are working to implementing holistic community redevelopment with the assistance of Purpose Built Communities. NBC Sports
  • Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta highlights First Tee of East Lake student Martavious Adams and his road to hitting the ceremonial tee shot at The TOUR Championship by Coca Cola's opening ceremony. In addition, First Tee of East Lake students Kayla McClendon and Darius Davis describe their experience of serving as course reporters for the PG Tour Good Day Atlanta
  • First Tee of East Lake student Martavious Adams puts kid face on East Lake dream. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • East Lake Foundation Board member Rob Johnston and East Lake teen Tevaraz Tate talk about how golf has transformed a community and impacted the lives of youth both on and off the course. WABE
  • Education from cradle to college curbs poverty, produces Gates Scholar. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A "People to People" feature of First Tee of East Lake student Martavious Adams and the impact The First Tee of East Lake and the East Lake Foundation has had on his life. WSB-TV


  • A column describing how East Lake shows other communities how to reduce crime, improve education and create new hope. The Saporta Report
  • An article about the transformation of the East Lake community, including the critical and ongoing role played by the East Lake Foundation. Atlanta INtown


  • Two stories about The First Tee® of East Lake including a golf clinic sponsored by FedEx with PGA Tour pro Stewart Cink and legendary golf instructor Hank Haney as well as the ceremonial first tee shot of THE TOUR Championship by a First Tee of East Lake teenager and the last surviving player from the first Masters.
  • A feature article about the inaugural Charlie Yates Memorial Junior-Senior Foursomes Tournament that teamed up Atlanta community leaders with students from The First Tee of East Lake to celebrate the late Charlie Yates at his namesake golf course. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A New Orleans TV feature story about the success of Atlanta's East Lake community and how New Orleans residents are protesting tearing down public housing in their community. WVUE-TV
  • A New Orleans TV feature story about how East Lake and Atlanta are the national model for transforming public housing as New Orleans evaluates its public housing situation. ABC26
  • A feature story about how a rebuilt golf course renews a neighborhood in Atlanta, and how a New Orleans community is adapting East Lake's approach to community revitalization. New York Times
  • A feature story about a program sponsored by the East Lake Foundation that helps Drew Charter School alumni and East Lake teenagers complete high school and plan for post-secondary education and careers. Atlanta Journal-Constitution


  • A national television news magazine feature story about East Lake and the visionary behind this remarkable community turnaround. CNBC Business Nation
  • A news story about the East Lake Foundation's CREW (Creating Responsible, Educated and Working) Teens Program, which provides a seamless transition for East Lake's Drew Charter School students from pre-K through high school graduation and beyond. WXIA-TV
  • A public affairs program about charter schools hosted by education reporter Donna Lowry that focuses on the success of Drew Charter School. 11 Alive News - Weekend In-Depth
  • An op-ed written by the East Lake Foundation executive director about East Lake's approach to community revitalization. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Two "What Works" columns by syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. about the East Lake community's transformation. Various newspapers
  • A story about East Lake and how a coalition of New Orleanians aims to use the East Lake development as a model for overhauling the shuttered St. Bernard public housing complex -- and for reviving flood-ravaged golf courses in City Park. The Times-Picayune
  • A story that describes East Lake's success and examines if a similar initiative would work in Northwest Jacksonville. Florida Times-Union
  • An article about East Lake Foundation programs designed to increase the high school graduation rate of East Lake teenagers. Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • A story about East Lake resident and community organizer Eva Davis, which appeared as part of this newspaper's series, "What ever happened to..." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • An article about the transformation of the East Lake neighborhood from a dilapidated public housing project to a thriving, mixed-income community. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A news story about how students from East Lake's Drew Charter School learn about the game of golf and the game of life. WXIA-TV
  • A television news magazine feature story about East Lake's junior golf programs. TBS Storyline
  • A "Postcards from You! segment from the PBS animated children series, ARTHUR, that features two Drew Charter School students who demonstrate how to play golf. PBS
  • A broadcast during XM Satellite Radio's program, “Making the Turn with Peter Kessler,” that features an interview with Carol Naughton, executive director of the East Lake Foundation.WMLB Interview
  • A feature article about East Lake entitled, "East Lake Golf Club - A Fall From Grace and a Great Revival." 
  • An article about how the East Lake Foundation helps to build up the neighborhood surrounding East Lake Golf Club. Daily Report
  • A story about a local attorney and golf enthusiast who has kept his ties to East Lake. Daily Report
  • An article about how East Lake children learn life lessons from the game of golf. Atlanta Business Chronicle


  • A feature story about the East Lake revitalization as seen through the eyes of one student attending Drew Charter School. ABC
  • A feature story about the East Lake revitalization. USA Network
  • An interview with East Lake resident and community organizer Eva Davis by Carol Naughton, executive director of the East Lake Foundation, as part of StoryCorps, a national oral history project archived at the Library of Congress.
  • A GolfWeek guest columnist selects Tom Cousins for a fantasy foursome in golf. "[Mr. Cousins] the Atlanta businessman/philanthropist who invested his money, energy and credibility to redevelop the East Lake Golf Club and the surrounding neighborhood." GolfWeek
  • A feature story about four East Lake college freshmen who graduated from East Lake's junior golf program. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A story about four college-bound East Lake teenagers who earned golf scholarships. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A feature story entitled, "A model course to copy: East Lake's success inspires New Orleans idea." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A feature story entitled, "A Winning Course," about the influence golf has had on East Lake's turnaround.
  • An op-ed written by East Lake Foundation Board Chairman Charles B. Knapp about the important role the community plays in Drew Charter School's success. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A story about a financial literacy class offered to Drew Charter School students and taught by volunteers from Wells Fargo. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • A story about the East Lake Foundation executive director's visit to San Bernardino, Calif. to share lessons learned from East Lake. San Bernardino Sun
  • A story entitled, "Recovery in Atlanta may aid SB," about how San Bernardino, Calif., city officials and local community leaders hope to rejuvenate their community. San Bernardino Sun
  • A story about how Drew Charter School's middle school students are among the highest performing in the city. National Review Online


  • A feature story that focuses on how one resident and her family benefited from the revitalization of the East Lake community. ABC-Sports
  • An audio recording of a panel discussion at the Chautauqua Institution about the East Lake revitalization that is archived at The Great Lecture Library. Speakers included Carol Naughton, executive director of the East Lake Foundation, Charles B. Knapp, chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors, and Eva Davis, a community leader and Villages of East Lake resident.
  • A feature story entitled, "Much More Than Golf," about how East Lake's public-private partnerships bring new life and new hope to a neglected Atlanta neighborhood. Georgia Trend Magazine
  • A radio feature about how kids from what was once the most crime infested areas of Atlanta now live a new life. WABE News
  • A television feature story about East Lake’s junior golfers. The Golf Channel
  • A news story about how golf and investment rebuilt an entire community. WXIA-TV
File Downloads:
Opportunity Takes Place

Upcoming Events

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, East Lake Golf Club

September 11-14 - The top 30 players on the PGA TOUR visit East Lake Golf Club for this season-ending event.  Who will win the FedExCup?  East Lake Golf Club was named the permanent home of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2005. It is the culminating event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the Fed

Sept 11-14

Toy Party & Silent Auction

December 7 - America's Mart 3 - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Attend:  For the Kid in All of Us presents the 11th annual Toy Party and Silent Auction, a holiday cocktail party and fundraiser to collect 5,000+ toys for Georgia children in need.  Bring a toy valued at $20 or more and a

Dec 7

View More Upcoming Events

East Lake Foundation News

East Lake Foundation Receives $75,000 from Walmart Foundation to Improve Economic Stability

August 29, 2014 -   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Grant Will Provide Educational Programming and Support  Atlanta, GA – August 29, ...

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola announces $2.3 million raised for charity

March 28, 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2014   CONTACTS:             Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 904.273.3286, [email protected] Allison Ritter, Hope-Beckham, 404.604....

View More News