Charitable commitment of PGA TOUR tournaments, players highlighted in CBS Sports special
“Playing with a Purpose presented by Barclays”
Hour-long show will air Saturday, August 6, 1 p.m. ET
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Making a positive impact on the communities where its tournaments are held and players live is part of the culture of the PGA TOUR, and one that has resulted in more than $1.6 billion generated for charity since the first tournament donation in 1938. Playing with a Purpose presented by Barclays, an hour-long CBS Sports special airing Saturday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. ET, illustrates the charitable commitments by players, tournaments and organizations within the TOUR family, sharing inspirational stories of those who are part of the TOUR’s “Together, anything’s possible” mission.
Among the stories to be told are:
- Established in 2010, The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation was developed to help children and families in need. With Furyk’s success – especially recently with his 2010 FedExCup title – the Furyks felt it was time to give back to the Jacksonville, Fla., community in which they live and raise their family. In Playing with a Purpose presented by Barclays, viewers get a glimpse of the Furyks’ dedication to local organizations that offer food for underprivileged children, care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions that insurance does not cover, family counseling, or simply a safe place for a child.
- United States Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, bear the burden of having more wounded personnel than any other U.S. Special Operations Forces proponent, and the Green Beret Foundation provides support to the Special Forces community through health and welfare programs, travel and lodging for medical treatments, family assistance and financial hardship assistance for the families of Green Berets lost in performance of their duty. Playing with a Purpose presented by Barclays highlights Bubba Watson’s involvement in the Green Beret Foundation, which was inspired by his father, Gerry, a member of the Green Berets who passed away in October.
- When he was just 13-years-old, Robert Allenby lost a close friend to childhood cancer, an experience that instilled in him a desire to one day help young children with cancer. For more than 20 years, Allenby has been personally involved in “Challenge,” an organization that offers children living with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders the opportunity to put their illness aside and interact with other children in similar circumstances. Allenby’s efforts have helped raise more than $11 million for the organization, and he has been an integral part in Challenge’s bi-annual “Trip of a Lifetime” program, which allows 10 teenagers living with cancer to travel to and tour the United States for one month.Playing with a Purpose presented by Barclays offers a touching account of what is achieved on these trips and what Allenby has personally made possible for the children – many of whom stay at his home as part of their U.S. experience.
When Justin Rose and his wife, Kate, were introduced to the charitable organization Blessings in Backpack, they knew they wanted to start a chapter near their adopted hometown of Orlando, Fla. Blessings in a Backpack provides a backpack full of easy-to-prepare food items to elementary school students who are part of the federal government’s free and reduced meal plan – enough food and supplies each Friday to sustain them through the weekend. The Roses have participated in “backpack stuffing” events, but also hosted a charity golf outing to raise money for the organization. Playing with a Purpose presented by Barclaystagged along as the Roses took 80 children from the Blessings in a Backpack
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