PGA Tour, Players Clubs Team Up for America Supports You
American Forces Press Service
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., July 1, 2005 The PGA Tour and its network of Tournament Players Clubs have teamed up to help raise awareness for "America Supports You," a nationwide Defense Department program that recognizes citizens' support for military men and women and communicates that support to members of the armed forces at home and abroad.
President Bush urged Americans to visit the America Supports You Web site in his nationally televised June 28 address on Iraq, as well as to find a way to thank the nation's men and women in uniform on the upcoming July Fourth holiday.
From now through September, each of the 24 tournament players clubs across the country will host fund-raising activities, ranging from tournaments and outings to auctions, officials said. Funds raised by PGA Tour players as well as TPC members, guests and employees will be dispersed equally to three beneficiaries:
- Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization supported by tour player Phil Mickelson that adapts or builds new homes with accessibility for military men and women returning to America with serious injuries and disabilities;
- Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a nonprofit organization supported by tour player Rory Sabbatini that supports the families of military personnel lost in performance of their duty; and
- Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization supported by tour player Frank Lickliter II that provides programs and services to meet the needs of wounded servicemembers and their families.
"We are extremely proud to have our TPCs and tour players support our military men and women, as team members of America Supports You, whose support for U.S. military members and their families mirrors the PGA Tour's giving-back mission," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. "We applaud our tour players and TPC members, guests and employees for embracing this important initiative in support of the brave men and women of the U.S. military who perform acts of bravery and self-sacrifice on a daily basis. We invite everyone to join us in raising funds and awareness by participating in fund-raising activities at a TPC in their area."
Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and community outreach, thanked all involved for joining the America Supports You team. "We are very grateful to the PGA Tour, TPCs and PGA Tour players for undertaking this initiative and for their longstanding support of our military men and women," she said. "The single most important factor in boosting the morale of our troops is letting them know that the people back home support and appreciate their efforts. This program will go a long way toward achieving that goal."
(Based on a PGA Tour release.)