Smiling Fore Life
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.
Because of the Coronavirus, many of our Foundation programs have been paused. One of them is Smiling Fore Life, which provides free golf instruction to pediatric patients taught by PGA Professionals once a week. While our PGA Pros can’t visit these hospitals, Child Life Specialist that help coordinate this program are still diligently working through this pandemic.
We are asking you to help us show our appreciation for their continuous hard work! Take time today to send a note to a team of Child Life Specialists near you. Here are the names & addresses of those who continue to change the lives of children throughout south Florida.
Please click on the button below to find the names & addresses of your local Child Life Specialists to send a "Thank You"!
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After nine 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. Here is a snapshot of Smiling Fore Life in 2019:
Our Smiling Fore Life locations:
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!
||We are thankful for the financial support from our partnership with the Florida Junior Golf Council grant that supports our endeavor to support our local youth community through the game of golf. You can learn more about their organization's mission HERE.