The PGA Tour's Historic Commitment to Charity
Children from Drew Charter School, a beneficiary of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
- Established in 2010, the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation was developed to help children and families in need. With Furyk’s success on the PGA TOUR, the Furyks felt it was time to give back to their own community in Jacksonville, Fla. The Furyks are dedicated to a variety of local organizations that offer food for underprivileged youth, care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions that insurance does not cover, family counseling, or simply providing a safe place for a child.
- The PGA TOUR has long had a historic commitment to America’s military, dating back to World War II when players played in tournaments and exhibitions to raise money for war bonds. Today the U.S. Army’s Green Berets have more wounded personnel than any other U.S. Special Operations Forces group, and the Green Beret Foundation—with the help of PGA TOUR contributions—provides support to the Special Forces community through health and welfare programs, travel and lodging for medical treatments, family assistance and financial hardship. Bubba Watson, whose late father served in the Green Berets, has a particularly strong commitment to this foundation.
- Having lost a close childhood friend to cancer at age 13, Australian Robert Allenby has committed himself to “Challenge” for more than 20 years. Challenge offers children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance to interact with other children in similar circumstances. Allenby’s efforts have helped raise more than $11 million for the organization.
- Corporate America is very much committed to giving back as well. For example, the Southern Company, the “Official Energy Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour,” has been deeply involved in the Payne Stewart Award from its inception in 2000, contributing $300,000 annually, with a third going to Payne and Tracy Stewart’s primary charity, the Stewart Family Foundation; a third going to The First Tee facility in Stewart’s native Missouri; and a third going to a charity designated by the recipient of the Award.