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Golf Gives Back

Jan 9, 2014

It doesn’t take much time around golf to be familiar with the PGA TOUR. This spin-off was established by the Professional Golfers' Association of America in 1968 to create separate cooperatives for tour players and club professionals. PGA TOUR is now a home for the sport’s elite, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els and many other household names.

Most of us know the PGA TOUR for the long list of week-to-week professional golf events it produces. The Players Championship, the FedEx Cup and the Presidents Cup are among the most recognizable. While we all love to watch these tournaments on ESPN and the Golf Channel, the organization is more than just an event management company. It is a non-profit organization, and is one of the most philanthropic organizations in professional sports.

PGA TOUR events, and offshoots called Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, have donated in excess of $1 billion to more than 2,000 charities, to date. Funding comes from the tournaments themselves, along with individual players and approximately 80,000 volunteers who produce the events.

No other sports organization comes close to the PGA TOUR’s generosity. That’s because fundraising is at the fiber of the TOUR’s mission. Internal rules mandate that all new events created must be not-for-profit, usually benefiting local charities in cities where tournaments take place.

Money raised for charities is directly related to a tournament’s success. In communities, much of the funding donated goes to education, health and human services, youth development, community services and growth of the game of golf. Funding is also provided on behalf of PGA TOUR to many national charitable organizations.

Just like Golf Academy of America, PGA TOUR has traditionally made special efforts to support American troops. We are proud to be a part of a sport that puts such an emphasis on giving.