Sophia Macias uses her golf talents to make a difference. The seventh grader at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge has created her own nonprofit, No Worries Just Birdies, to raise money for community needs and encourage other girls to get involved in golf.
“I’ve been playing golf since I was seven,” says Sophia, now 12. She has won amateur golf championships locally and nationally in the years since and plays on her high school golf team as a middle schooler. Although scores matter, Sophia says, “The best scores come whenever you’re having fun and you just don’t worry about it so much and you take it one shot at a time.”
The idea for her nonprofit started with her desire to give back and make friends. “I like to help people, but it’s really hard to do that when you’re the only girl on the golf course.”
Sophia and her family – dad James, mom Laura, and little brother Trace – travel a lot for tournaments. “We usually make it into a family vacation,” Sophia says. “My brother enjoys watching me play golf, but it’s not the best thing he likes to do.” Although golf is her “main thing,” Sophia is also involved in student vestry, cross country, arts and crafts, and spending time with friends.
Sophia is very focused and driven. “She really does have one of the biggest hearts and is just goal-oriented and knows what she wants to do,” James says. “All I can do is just water that seed and see what it grows into.”
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