PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA Foundation announced the formation of the PGA Foundation Champions for Diversity Tournament, an event to provide scholarship support for ethnic minorities and young women, to be conducted May 31 to June 2, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The tournament will raise funds for the PGA Foundation Diversity Scholarship Program, which will aid deserving ethnic minorities and young women in attaining a college degree in PGA Golf Management at one of the 19 PGA Golf Management Universities.
"The PGA Foundation is excited about the potential that this tournament holds supporting young men and women who aspire to earn an education at a PGA Golf Management University, and perhaps serve as the next generation of leaders within the golf industry," said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka.
"The PGA Foundation takes pride in the growth of PGA Golf Management Universities, particularly for the quality young people achieving their degrees."
Tournament participants will compete in a two-day match play event structured after the Ryder Cup, with a celebrity assigned to each Team. In addition, this event is designed to show case some to the premier minority and women-owned businesses that are vital to the success of the golf industry and The PGA's mission to become more inclusive.
The Champions for Diversity Tournament also benefit youth golf development programs that include the Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation and the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET).
The PGA Foundation will provide funds to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation to help fulfill its mission to use golf as the vehicle for teaching life skills to children and young adults within Hispanic communities in the United States.
The PGA Foundation will support USET's efforts to improve the quality of life for American Indians by funding golf programs designed for improving the health, education and social services for the Nation People of the United South and Eastern Tribes'.
The PGA of America desires to improve the culture of inclusion and provide ethnic minorities and women with opportunities to achieve success in the game and business of golf. The PGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The PGA of America, has as its mission the desire to improve the lives of individuals through golf.
About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
About the PGA Foundation
The PGA, in 1978, created a 501 (c) (3) public philanthropic foundation, which later became known as The PGA Foundation. In keeping with the mission of The PGA of America, the PGA Foundation is dedicated to providing resources, professional expertise, and programs to make golf accessible to all segments of the population.
The PGA Foundation's priority is to grow the game of golf while using the game to enhance the quality of life for all people, especially for those who are under-served by the game. Directly associated with golf programs are core values such as honesty, integrity, respect, self-assurance, courtesy, and perseverance. Regardless of gender, age, social and economic background, ability or disability, every golfer can experience these values through their involvement in the game.