|Making a positive impact on the communities where PGA TOUR tournaments are held and players live has always been an essential element of the TOUR’s charitable mission. TOGETHER, ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE is a PGA TOUR initiative to build a community of tournaments, players, charities, sponsors, partners, volunteers and fans who are committed to making a social investment by helping others. |
The PGA TOUR and its tournaments donated more than $166 million to charitable causes in 2016 alone. This record-breaking total includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR-China and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The announcement brought the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to $2.46 billion since the first-ever charitable contribution of $10,000 was made by the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. Of that total, more than $1.4 billion has come since the TOUR surpassed the $1-billion plateau in 2005. The $2-billion mark was passed in January 2014.
Entering its eighth year, Together, Anything’s Possible is the platform to share the PGA TOUR’s charity story and offers a greater focus on the charitable activities of TOUR stakeholders.
The Together, Anything’s Possible website (PGATOUR.com/together) has been an effective tool in telling the positive stories of tournaments, players, sponsors, charities volunteers, recipients of the raised dollars and has been a centerpiece in communicating the TOUR’s charity message. Since its launch in 2010, the site has received more than 5.4 million views.
From their own foundations to partnerships with national and international charitable organizations, PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Web.com Tour players support a range of charities and causes. The TOUR has committed resources to further promote each player’s charitable activities, whether through television, advertising and/or digital support that enable fans to get involved in their favorite players’ charities. The TOUR offers assistance to both players, who are currently engaged in charitable activities, as well as those interested in getting started.
Billy Hurley III, who served five years active duty in the United States Navy, hosted the inaugural Billy Hurley III and the Brave Golf Tournament in 2017. The event was a way for Hurley, the only U.S. Naval Academy graduate and veteran currently on TOUR, to give back to philanthropic organizations that shaped his career, while offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity for active duty men and women to play and interact with him.
Paul Casey used THE PLAYERS Championship to launch his crowdfunding campaign to support UNICEF, an organization that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. While encouraging fans and supports to join the campaign, Casey personally donated $1000 for every birdie he made to combat the ongoing famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.
Kevin Kisner launched the Kevin and Brittany Kisner Foundation. As a former speech language pathologist in their hometown of Aiken, South Carolina, Brittany saw the need to help out families in the area. The mission of the non-profit organization is to create a positive environment for children to grow into responsible adults. Their first charity event sold out not long after being announced.
Charley Hoffman and his wife Stacy founded the Charley Hoffman Foundation, which places its primary focus on those in need in their hometown of Las Vegas and transplanted home city of San Diego. Among other fundraising efforts, The Charley Hoffman Foundation holds two annual pro-ams with ensuing auctions, one in Last Vegas the week of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and one in San Diego the week of the Farmers Insurance Open.
A month after his father received a new kidney after a 27-year battle with diabetes, Bryson DeChambeau joined forces with the National Kidney Foundation to lead a special NKF Birdie Challenge during April – National Donate Life Month. The birdie challenge raised money and awareness for the cause which has 100,000 people annually waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.
After a near-fatal blood infection nearly claimed the life of Marc Leishman’s wife, Audrey, in 2015, the family partnered with the Sepsis Alliance to raise awareness and launched the Begin Again Foundation, which provides finances to families in need of help with payment for medical emergencies. Leishman went wire-to-wire to win the BMW Championship in September, which happened to be Sepsis Awareness Month. During his press conference, he spoke about Sepsis and encouraged other players in the field to wear ribbons on their hats to recognize the cause. A healthy Audrey was also on hand to help share her story and spread awareness about the disease.
As flooding ran rampant in Houston, Texas, following Hurricane Harvey, Houston resident Chris Stroud led relief efforts by the PGA TOUR and fellow players, more than 30 of whom call Houston home. Stroud partnered with the American Red Cross and through the Together, anything’s possible website, provided an easy way for fans to donate.
Just outside PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the 2017 PLAYERS Championship generated $8.7 million for local charities, surpassing the 2016 total of $8.5. The money raised by THE PLAYERS each year benefits more than 300 charities throughout Northeast Florida, totaling more than $92 million in charitable giving since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977.
Since 1977, the Valero Texas Open has featured Birdies for Charity®, a fundraising program which offers participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the annual San Antonio, Texas event. Similar to a walk-a-thon, Birdies for Charity participants make a pledge for every birdie made at the Valero Texas Open. The 2017 Valero Texas Open featured 1,975 birdies. The program gives 100% of the funds raised back to the participating organization. In 2017, Birdies for Charity raised a record-breaking $2.82 million for 137 participating charities and schools.
The John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, continues to raise the most charity dollars per-capita through its Birdies for Charity program. In 2017, the tournament raised $12.27 million, adding to the total the tournament has helped raise, $93.57 million since 1971.
During THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, SoulCycle, the country’s premier indoor cycling and lifestyle brand, hosted the first-ever PGA TOUR charity ride onsite at a TOUR event. The pop-up class at Glen Oaks Club offered bikes at $100 to $400, and PGA TOUR player Camilo Villegas took part in the charity ride.