TPC Network charitable impact felt across the country
February 04, 2019
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- February 04, 2019
- With TPC Sawgrass as the flagship, each subsequent TPC Network club has been created with spectator golf in mind. (PGA TOUR)
Since TPC Sawgrass, the first Tournament Players Club, opened in 1980, the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network of private and destination golf clubs has maintained a reputation for developing and operating outstanding PGA TOUR golf properties across the country (www.tpc.com).
With TPC Sawgrass, Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, as the flagship, each subsequent TPC Network club has been created with spectator golf in mind. Many TPCs are currently the host courses for PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, and Web.com Tour events. In fact, TPC Network clubs have hosted more than 400 professional golf tournaments.
The PGA TOUR continues to distinguish itself as a leader in delivering memorable experiences for TOUR players, members, guests and tournament fans through its TPC Network of clubs. Through the world of golf, the PGA TOUR and the TPC Network drives positive impact at unprecedented levels to support and improve local communities. Together, $1.6 million has been raised for military men and women and their families through charitable events held at TPCs as part of the TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative. The TOUR also helped to make a difference in communities nationwide for non-profit organizations through the Adopt-A-Charity program conducted at TPCs.
Every club in the TPC Network embraces the PGA TOUR’s mission of making an impact in the communities in which we play and have clubs. These include:
Birdies for the Brave
A joint effort by PGA TOUR, Inc., PGA TOUR Charities, Inc., and the TPC Network, Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous men and women of our United States Armed Forces and their families.
Birdies for the Brave was created in 2004 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, in collaboration with Glenn Cohen, to raise funds for combat-wounded veterans. Thanks to their vision and the passionate support of PGA TOUR players, tournament fans, volunteers, TPC club members and corporate sponsors, Birdies for the Brave has grown exponentially across the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and Web.com Tour.
Today, the program encompasses a broad spectrum of military outreach and appreciation activities conducted during PGA TOUR tournaments, as well as a series of fundraising events hosted at the TOUR’s TPC clubs and partner courses across the nation – an effort that has raised much-needed funds for military homefront charities that are supported by PGA TOUR players, which provide direct services for military members, veterans, and their families ranging from financial aid and rehabilitation programs to housing, counseling and educational scholarships and career development and recruitment.
As part of the PGA TOUR’s national relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, TPCs help create unique VIP experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families during PGA TOUR tournaments. Make-A-Wish families are treated to inside-the-ropes opportunities such as meet and greets with TOUR players, behind-the-scenes tours of clubhouses and tournament-operations facilities. In some cases, the opportunity also arises for someone to play a round of golf with or hit balls on the practice facility with a TOUR player.
The PGA TOUR’s Adopt-A-Charity program is a grass-roots vehicle for local fundraising. Under the program, each TPC club becomes aligned with a local non-profit organization and conducts an annual charity golf tournament for its benefit. Since the program’s inception, TPCs have helped local charities raise more than $3.3 million for programs ranging from children’s hospitals and educational programs to food banks and health-related causes.
The First Tee
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is a national, youth-development organization that uses golf to teach character development through its Nine Core Values. As part of the PGA TOUR’s national partnership with The First Tee, TPCs regularly support local chapters of The First Tee by hosting fundraising events, donating auction items and, where possible, serving as a venue for local programs. The practice facility at TPC River Highlands (Cromwell, Conn.), for example, serves as home to The First Tee of Connecticut, while the club features a dedicated First Tee nine-hole course adjacent to the practice facility.