Willie Joe Evans teaches sons to grip the golf club in Detroit during mid-1950s

No Out of Bounds was founded in 2015 by former Sports Illustrated and ESPN.COM writer, Farrell Evans, an award-winning golf reporter and former college golfer at Florida A & M University.

This site fully explores Farrell’s passion for golf. Yet we’re not conforming or limited to one sport or theme or the outcomes of games or tournaments.

We’re driven by the belief that sports is one of the best lenses in which to examine many of the complexities of the world, as well as a prime setting to provoke conversations around subjects completely unrelated to athletics.

The photograph (right) is far more than an image of a father showing his three young sons how to hold a golf club. Farrell’s Uncle Willie Joe Evans, captured here in Detroit during the mid-1950s with his sons, Curtis, Joel and Jerrl, was a part of the Second Great Migration of roughly five million African-Americans that left the South for urban cities in the North and the West between the start of World War II in 1941 and 1980.

In the mid-50s, Uncle Willie Joe’s birthplace in rural Georgia would have been a very unlikely setting for this photograph. Yet in Detroit, he was able to get a good-paying job at Chrysler, a home in a middle-class neighborhood and access to public golf courses in a world largely undefined by racial segregation.

Like so many black men of that era, Joe Louis was an inspiration for Uncle Willie Joe, as a heavyweight champion, golfer and serviceman during and in the years after World War II. Louis transcended the sport of boxing, offering a powerful example of a Black man that had arose out of rural Alabama to acquire fabulous success in the promise land of the North.

No Out of Bounds is dedicated to uncovering the meaning of sports in our lives. To do that we will try to feature a range of stories around topics as varied as design, books, film, history, travel, politics and music and anything else that helps to illuminate humanity.

Our very first post, a story about how a five-year-old boy wanted to add a drawing of Herschel Walker to a church fan containing the images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with John and Robert Kennedy, is an example of the kind of intimacy that the site plans to bring to its subjects.

We’re going to often look back to look forward, read against the grain, participate in some of the most important conversations of our times and sometimes just dive into the subjects that we love.