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Something to Cheer About

September 12, 2011

The Presidents Cup has grown from little more than an idea in the early 1990s to one of the most anticipated events on golf’s global calendar.  Along the way, this world-class competition has not only brought together the game’s best, but has also established itself as an event that stands for international goodwill and a positive, charitable impact across the globe.

Unlike most sporting events, players are not paid for their participation in The Presidents Cup; there is no purse or prize money.  Instead, each competitor designates charities or golf-related projects of his choice to receive a portion of the funds raised through the staging of each Presidents Cup.  In total, more than $23 million has been distributed to at least 380 charities in 15 countries since the inception of The Presidents Cup in 1994. 

With players, captains and captains’ assistants hailing from dozens of countries, their donations have positively impacted a variety of charitable causes around the world.  From funding for teachers and facilities in earthquake-ravaged Haiti to support for programs that bring golf to the disabled in South Africa; from providing school lunches for underprivileged children in South Korea to medical care for neglected animals in Greenville, South Carolina; from scholarships for children of fallen California firefighters to addiction recovery programs in Australia – these are but a few examples of the myriad ways those involved in The Presidents Cup have been able to affect change in their communities, home countries and globally.

When a sporting event is contested within this framework, there are only winners – on and off the golf course – no matter what the outcome of the competition. 

Click on the players image to read some letters sent to past Presidents Cup team members from the charities they support. Please check back weekly for the latest letters.

 

 


 

 Player


 Charities Supported
Hunter Mahan

 

Folds of Honor Foundation, Tee it Up for the Troops

 


Nick O'Hern

 

 

 

Ronald McDonald House Australia, Fresh Start Recovery Program Australia

 


 

 

Zach Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids


 

 


 


Retief

 

 

 

South Africa Disabled Golf Association, Sebastian's Action Trust, Lupus UK

 

 


 


Woody

 

 

 

Brook Valley School

 

 


Retief

 

 

 

PASE, Be A Star Foundation

 

 


stewart

 

 

 

Big Oak Ranch

 

 


mike weirs

 

 

 

St. Clair Secondary School, Haiti Relief

 

 


kim

 

 

 

Ian's Friends Foundation

 

 


allenby

 

 

 

Challenge. A cancer support network

 

 


kim

 

 

 

The Family Place, Visiting Nurse Association, Texas Scottish Rite Hosptial for Children

 

 


choi

 

 

 

KidSport Canada

 

 


lucas

 

 

 

Greenville Humane Society, Golf Pros Beating Cancer

 

 


Vijay

 

 

 

Jacksonville University

 

 


Sean

 

 

 

The First Tee of Philadelphia

 

 


Yang

 

 

 

Cook Children's Hospital

 

 

 


Furyk

 

 

 

RITA Foundation, MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation

 

 

 


Els

 

 

 

Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation

 

 

 


Vijay

 

 

 

Earl Woods Scholarship

 

 


Ogilvy

 

 

 

Phoenix Children's Hospital

 

 

 


steve

 

 

 

National Fragile X Foundation, VSA Wisconsin

 

 


scott

 

 

 

Adam Scott Foundation

 

 

 

 


nobilo

 

 

 

Integrated Neruological Rehab Foundation

 

 


mickelson

 

 

 

Start Smart

 

 


nobilo

 

 

 

The Blade/Camp Courage

 

 

 


timclark

 

 

 

Arizona Science Center, Sbonelo Scholarship Foundation, Benji's Buddies Animal Rescue

 

 

 


couples

 

 

 

Discovery Land Company, The First Tee-Greater Seattle, California Fire Foundation

 

 

 


norman

 

 

 

Shark Shootout, CureSearch

 

 

 

 

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