In April 2010, the South Florida PGA Foundation created Smiling Fore Life, a program encouraging SFPGA Professionals to visit local children’s hospitals weekly. These visits help bring golf into children’s lives who may be experiencing hardship, and allows children an opportunity to forget about their challenges and enjoy a fun and new activity. In addition to the great benefits the program provides to the children it also affords SFPGA Professionals the opportunity to get more involved in the local community.
|“The Smiling Fore Life program provides a welcome distraction to young patients and families dealing with serious medical conditions.”
After three short years this program has experienced much growth and success, touching the lives of more than 300 young patients. In addition to not just providing golf to the patients, in September of 2012 a permanent mark was left at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with the installation of an astroturf putting green on the facility’s fourth floor. This installation was a “hole in one” with the patients and physicians, said Nick Masi, Director of Family Centered Care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Currently five hospitals participating in this program, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, the Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, and the Childrens’ Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, the Quantum House in West Palm Beach, and new for 2013, Miami Children’s Hospital.
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