“I always wanted to adopt a child, whether I was married or not, whether I had zero kids or 10 kids of my own,” she said. “Because I knew there were so many kids in the world that needed love. There are so many children who need love, particularly black and brown children.”
And, on September 19, 2007, a child was born that needed Terri’s love. Terri took her home just a week later that lucky baby girl became Jada Fowlkes. In many ways, it was a perfect match.
“People always say (Jada) looks just like me,” Terri said with a laugh. “She actually looks exactly like my dad, which is interesting. God put the right people in the right place, she was supposed to be a part of our family.”
Terri quickly learned that Jada was an athlete, so she enrolled Jada in softball and dance from an early age. But Jada would have to wait until she was eight to find her true passion: golf.
“We always saw golf as like a rich person’s sport and not a lot of brown people play golf from what we saw,” Terri explained. “It just seemed so unattainable because it’s expensive and time consuming.”
Terri and Jada heard about the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program from a cousin and decided it was at least worth a try. After attending one Girls Golf session, Jada fell in love with the sport. She soon joined the First Tee program so she could play golf year-round. Through First Tee, she attended an LPGA Leadership Academy and has since become an eLeader for the Girls Golf program in Greater Newark.