PGA Professionals dedicated to serving the south Florida community and changing lives through the game of golf.
The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,850 men and women PGA Professionals serving as the experts in business and the game of golf.
In 2004 the South Florida PGA Foundation began operations as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community. Since its inception, the Foundation has experienced extreme growth through the support of countless PGA Professionals, facilities, and numerous corporations. Over the past thirteen years the Foundation has touched the lives of more than 12,000 individuals residing in South Florida, through various programming included but not limited to junior golf, charitable gifting, and scholarships.
Administering numerous programs including but not limited to the South Florida PGA Junior Tours, PGA HOPE, Smiling Fore Life and many more, the SFPGA Foundation strives each year to make a greater impact on the community.
Check out our YouTube Channel to hear more stories about our PGA Professionals, and the impact they have made on the communities near them.
The South Florida PGA Foundation is committed to supporting other charities in South Florida. Each year the South Florida PGA provides grants to many local organizations to help support their charitable causes.
If you would like to fill out a Foundation Contribution Request Form, CLICK HERE. For additional information on how to receive funds for your charitable organization through the SFPGA Foundation, please call 561-537-5809.
Charities Receiving Funding in 2017 Included:
To view further details about each charity, please click on the links above.
Habitat for Humanity
In 2011, the South Florida PGA Foundation Board of Directors made a decision to support Habitat for Humanity as a national organization providing affordable housing to local families. With the mission to support Habitat for Humanity, the board developed a goal to build a home through Habitat for Humanity in every county of the South Florida PGA Section. This encompasses 15 counties plus Puerto Rico. With the commitment comes a financial gift of $50,000 per home, along with volunteers to help build the home. Once all 16 homes have been built the Foundation will have granted $800,000 to Habitat for Humanity throughout south Florida and more than 15,000 volunteer hours.
Click below to view an additional news story about how golf pros are impacting the local community through outreach programs including Habitat for Humanity.
“South Florida PGA Professionals making a difference in the community.”
New in 2015, PGA Hope is a program designed to provide local military veterans with an opportunity to learn the game of golf as form of rehab from local PGA Professionals. PGA HOPE provides golf as a therapeutic rehabilitation tool for all military Veterans. The lifetime sport of golf has proven to be an excellent outlet for activity and competition but also allows military to assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game provides.
Check out our YouTube Channel to hear how our veterans have been positively affected by PGA HOPE
Host sites for HOPE programs conducted throughout South Florida during 2017:
|Palm Beach Gardens
|“The PGA HOPE program has been spectacular for me and everyone I know that’s gone through it. I used to play golf and I hadn’t played for some years. And I didn’t think I’d ever play again because I had lost my leg. I found out about this program and John Moscoso, one of the PGA pros was the first one to work with me. I guess because of my background with golf when I was younger, I got a call from John after the first program I went through it… I got the call asking if I would volunteer, and I had the time to do it so I said sure. And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since for at least a year and a half or so. It’s been very rewarding working with these guys. It’s been a great experience, golf’s a great game, and you meet nice people. And it’s allowed me to get back into the sport I started when I was ten or eleven-years-old. And it feels good to be out playing… and it’s very satisfying watching these guys too, grow into the sport. Eventually we hope to have our own little tournaments together.”
- Julian Newbauer, PGA HOPE 2015 Participant
|"The PGA VA Golf Program was inspiring to meet fellow vets and Golf Trainer Professionals. The Veterans are fortunate to have such an opportunity, outside the box of a typical PTSD therapy session. It gave us a chance to get out of the house and enjoy not only the sport but the beautiful greenery, blue skies and awesome surroundings. Mentally and physically the program was rewarding and gave us other venues to relieve depression and socialize with others. The sponsors from the VA and PGA Golf Hope Program were sensitive, caring, understanding and very supportive to each of the vets’ physical and mental health challenges. It was beyond the general support group, but rather a feeling of normalcy on networking and healing at the same time. Thank you!” -PGA HOPE 2016 Participant
|"The PGA HOPE Program has been beneficial to so many veterans and in so many ways. Many veterans question their ability to participate when referred to recreation therapy for this program, but after a few minutes of involvement I see their fears and apprehensions disappear. Being a recreation therapist for 32 years, I know the benefits of sports and recreation. It is when a veteran sees the benefit of participating that changes their lives. This program allows veterans an opportunity to work with one another with the built in camaraderie they share in a community environment. Getting out of the house, interacting with others and learning or re-learning a leisure skill can change a veteran’s whole outlook on things and break a cycle of isolation, boredom, low self-esteem and inactivity. Not only are there so many physical benefits, but the psychological and emotional ones are key to many. The natural environment of a golf course and the caring and compassionate PGA instructors who interact with the veterans each week provides therapy to these veterans on many levels. I’m fortunate to partner with such an organization in fulfilling the needs of our disabled veterans."
-Eileen Jones, Chief of Recreation Therapy at West Palm Beach VA
Extra Golfing Opportutnities
One of the purposes of PGA HOPE is to inspire a lifelong interest in golf for our participating veterans. To foster growth in their new skills and love for the game, we coordinate with local PGA Professionals to provide extra golfing opportunties to our participating and graduated veterans. We plan to list some of these opportunites here below once we organize all of the information provided.
Dennis Walters Golf Clinic
- March 3, 2018 at Osprey Golf Point Golf Club. Come for a free golf clinic, lunch provided and a fun skills competition! Click here
now for more information and details concerning the event.
9 Hole Golf on Sundays at Monarch CC
- Click here
for the flyer listing how to participate.
- PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a military program designed through the PGA of America foundation, PGA Reach, to introduce golf to Veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well- being. Through PGA HOPE programming, the SFPGA Foundation is in a position to make a more meaningful impact on the lives of America’s military Veterans. As many Veterans struggle with the transition back into civilian life, the game of golf delivers a new level of enjoyment.
How does PGA HOPE help Veterans?
- Learning and playing the game of golf is a proven activity that has positively impacted thousands of wounded Veterans nation PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a program that is truly making a difference, as golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans with disabilities.
How does the program work?
- The HOPE program, led by PGA Professionals, helps Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides.
How is the program funded?
- All PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by the SFPGA Foundation and offered at NO COST for military Veterans and their family.
Who participates in PGA HOPE?
- Participants of HOPE programs include military Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or the loss of limbs, among other challenges.
- PGA HOPE programming is closely aligned with local VA hospitals, as both strive to best meet the needs of all military Veteran.
Who teaches the program?
- PGA Professionals provide expert golf instruction, and encourage the Veterans to be more active in their communities.
- All PGA Professionals teaching PGA HOPE sessions are trained to ensure they are comfortable instructing military Veterans with disabilities.
Additional Program Details:
- PGA HOPE is a two-step program, beginning with an introductory “Down Range Clinic” that provides military Veterans with free golf experiences taught by PGA Profession Upon completion, formal PGA HOPE sessions are offered and administered by PGA Professionals, who are certified in golf instruction for the military. There are currently 45 programs across 20 states.
Smiling Fore Life
In 2010, The South Florida PGA Foundation created Smiling Fore Life, a program whereby SFPGA Professionals visit local children’s hospitals weekly. The PGA Professionals bring golf into children’s lives who may be experiencing hardship, and afford them with an opportunity to forget about the struggles they are experiencing, get out of their hospital room and enjoy a fun and new activity. In addition to the great benefits this program provides to the children it also affords SFPGA Professionals the opportunity to get more involved in the local community. Currently four hospitals and one children’s healthcare facility are participating in this program, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, the Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Golisano Children’s Hospital of SW Florida in Fort Myers, the Quantum House in West Palm Beach, and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.
After six years this program has experienced much growth and success, and impacts more than 1,100 young patients annually. 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.
For more stories on Smiling Fore Life & the positive impact it's made on the PGA Professionals that teach and the children participating click below!
Developed in 2018 the South Florida PGA Foundation annually provides one local student with a four year, $20,000 scholarship to assist with their college education. The student selected to receive the scholarship will receive it in $5,000 increments over the course of four years. In order to receive funding each year, additional paperwork including a copy of the student’s transcript must be submitted to the SFPGA Foundation to ensure the student is performing at an acceptable level.
Scholarship Purpose/ Applicant Eligibility
The purpose of the SFPGA Scholarship is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education.
Eligible applicants include high school seniors who are:
- Currently employed in the golf industry,
- Or whose parents or grandparents are employed in or retired from the golf industry (PGA professionals, superintendents, sales representatives, club employees, or club managers.)
Also included, individuals impacted through the South Florida PGA outreach programs including:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Smiling Fore Life
- PGA HOPE (son/daughter/grandson/granddaughter of a veteran who participated in PGA HOPE)
- Current SFPGA Junior Tour member
- Other SFPGA Foundation programs
Applicants must be permanent residents of south Florida, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale).
Before beginning your application, be sure to read through all of the following information:
Click here for a physical copy of the application to refer to when preparing to complete the online application.
Please direct any questions to Michelle Goda at email@example.com or 561-537-5809.
*Please note as listed above, the individual of receives the scholarship will remain in contact with the selection committee and the SFPGA Foundation staff throughout their college career, providing an annual progress report in order to received ongoing funding. Additional paperwork for the recipient to complete will be provided upon receiving the scholarship.
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