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THE PLAYERS Giving Back Month concludes with Red Coat Ride Out at Police Athletic League

November 24, 2014

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership – the Red Coats – along with PGA TOUR players Len Mattiace and Jeff Klauk, concluded Giving Back Month and the Red Coat Ride Out with a visit to the Police Athletic League on Franklin Street.  PAL was the final stop in a month of events that celebrated THE PLAYERS charitable outreach and total charitable donations as a result of the 2014 tournament.

PAL received a $10,000 grant from the Red Coats this year. At the visit, the Red Coats enjoyed an ice cream social with the children, presented the families with Thanksgiving Day baskets and surprised the Franklin Street PAL facility staff with a 15-passanger van. 

The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville enriches the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs.  PAL provides for more than 2,600 at-risk Jacksonville children every year.

“The Police Athletic league is an amazing organization within our community, actively working to keep kids involved and out of trouble,” said Andy Baggs, 2014 Tournament Chairman. “This van will enable the staff to transport the children safely and efficiently to PAL from school.”

“Giving back to local Northeast Florida charities is the foundation of THE PLAYERS Championship,” said Matt Rapp, executive director of THE PLAYERS.  Earlier today, Rapp accepted the Outstanding Civic Organization in Northeast Florida award, on behalf of THE PLAYERS, at the AFP National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

Other Giving Back Month events included Billy Horschel visiting Feeding Northeast Florida and a dinner at the Greater Jacksonville Area USO in Mayport.  On October 15, THE PLAYERS announced the 2014 tournament generated a record $7.5 million for charity.  The money generated by THE PLAYERS each year benefits more than 300 charities throughout Northeast Florida, totaling approximately $67.5 million in charitable giving since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977.

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