Bridging the Gap Learning Center, Inc. (BTG) was founded in 1992 by Robert A. Byrd, Jr., a former basketball player for Marquette University’s 1977 NCAA Championship Team. With a mission to educate, inspire and equip under-served youth and adults with the necessary tools and resources to develop and maintain successful futures and strong, productive communities, the center aims to achieve success beyond the athletic arena. BTG started with a partnership alongside the Wisconsin Amateur Sports Corporation in an attempt to facilitate the participation of over 2,400 inner-city youth in the Badger State Games — an annual summer and winter Olympic-style sports festival event that raises contributions for college bound participants.
Bridging the Gap Golf Learning Center encompasses an entire city block, and has a netted hitting area with room for 14 golfers, as well as a 600-square-foot professional putting green. There is also a clubhouse with additional swinging and putting space, and room for teaching students the finer points of golf. Visitors will get to see the first of its kind Golf Learning Center, and the full range of educational, developmental and training programs and services that the center offers.