Earl Anthony Cooper is a scholar, professional golfer, mentor, author, business owner, and motivational speaker, whose life motto is “Dream B.I.G. (Because I’m Great), because dreams do come true!” At the age of six, Earl was introduced to the game of golf through the LPGA Urban Youth Program / First Tee of Delaware, where he now serves as a honorary board member. His dedication to the game has earned him many honors and achievements over the years, including a scholarship to Wilmington University and subsequently Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently Earl was on the front Page of The New Journal where the titled was “Changing the Game….. Author, Golf Pro focus on helping kids and Wilmington. In the Aug issue of PGA Magazine Earl was feature and called “A golf ambassador who dares to dream big”
Earl graduated from Morehouse with a B.A. in Political Science and was honored as a Top Senior in his class. In his junior year of college was very instrumental in leading Morehouse to its first Golf National Championship in 2010. Inspired by his accomplishment of becoming a Morehouse Renaissance Man, in spite of his humble beginnings and early academic challenges, he wanted all children to live the Morehouse “wells” and be: well-read, well-spoken, well-dressed, well-traveled, and well-balanced. This led to Earl’s inspiration to write his first children’s storybook, “Hello Maroon Tiger!.” It is he first mascot book about a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The story engages early elementary age children, helping them visualize attending college when they grow up. His book has reached youth as far as Malawi, Africa.
Earl recently earned his PGA certification in Aug of 2014 making him one of 85 African Americans out of 27,000 PGA members. He has worked at Detroit Country Club’s where he was the first African American Golf Professional and the PGA Golf Club in Florida as golf professional in both locations.
In 2014, Earl made HBCU’s 30 under 30 for ‘Giving Back but Going Forward’ through his children’s books, “Hello Maroon Tiger!” and “Baby Bison’s First Homecoming” and the Dream Big Foundation. His annual scholarship fund gives one well-deserving college student $1000 towards achieving their degree.
Earl has maintained a humble spirit despite all his accolades, golf sponsorships, and sharing the company of celebrities and top business leaders.. He recently returned home to take the position as Wilmington Country Club’s first African American Golf Professional. During his speech as a PGA panelist for a career dinner, he shared that his decision to leave the sunshine state of Florida was influenced by his concern for his hometown, exclaiming, “I came back because I care.”
In January of 2015 Cerron accepted an opportunity to return to state government as Governor Jack Markell’s Legislative Liaison. In this role Cerron helps to develop strategies to move the Governor’s agenda through the General Assembly. In addition to his work in the Governor’s office, Cerron remains involved in political campaigns throughout the region. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Delaware Democratic Party as well as the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals.