PLAYERS volunteers have a Mission Impact charity 2009: The Players

PLAYERS volunteers have a Mission Impact charity

For the first time in THE PLAYERS history, in addition to the nearly 100 charities supported annually by the tournament, the volunteer force of

nearly 2,000 is uniting to support a single First Coast charity. The effort is called "Mission:IMPACT," and its goal is to rally the volunteers of THE PLAYERS around one specific charitable cause. Volunteers considered many charities before narrowing the options to two, daniel and Hart Felt Ministries. Daniel offers mental health and social service programs aimed at enhancing the lives of children and families. Hart Felt Ministries serves elderly and disabled adults across the Jacksonville area in need of non-medical help and companionship. After nearly a month of voting THE PLAYERS volunteers chose to focus their support on improving the Independent Living Village at daniel. The 12 efficiency apartments provide transitional housing for homeless teens between the ages of 17 and 21. The program is designed to help teens become socially and economically independent. Volunteers will make donations on line and on site during the tournament with a goal to raise $40,000. "As volunteers, we are united in our support of THE PLAYERS' ability to make a difference in our community,"said THE PLAYERS Tournament Chairman Tommy Douglas. "While the volunteer force has a tremendous influence on the millions in contributions that THE PLAYERS makes each year, we realized we can take an even greater role in giving back. Now -- as a unified group -- we are taking the PGA TOUR's goal of 'giving back' one step further through Mission:IMPACT and look forward to making a significant contribution to daniel at the end of this year's event." Tournament officials also announced new multi-year grant recipients for 2009: Baptist Health of Northeast Florida Beaches Community Healthcare, a Sulzbacher Clinic The Boselli Foundation The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Junior Achievement PACE Center for Girls Project SOS and St. Vincent's Medical Center. Shop your favorite brand name golf equipment and accessories at SHOP.PGATOUR.COM

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