By Matt Smith
Keeping up the good work through its ‘LIV to Give’ programme’, LIV Golf has announced its support for local community-based organisations in Somerset County, New Jersey, and the surrounding regions following the staging of the third Invitational Series event at Trump National Bedminster.
This is the third consecutive LIV Golf charitable giving commitment made through the ‘LIV to Give’, following donations of more than $1 million each to the needy in Hertfordshire and Oregon after the first two competitions.
LIV to Give announced in June a pledge of more than $100 million in total to support programmes in the LIV Golf communities, centred on education, environmental sustainability, golf development, and the well-being of communities now and in the future.
“We are proud to continue our support of non-profit organizations in our tournament host communities,” said Atul Khosla, President and Chief Operating Officer of LIV Golf. “Partnering with local charities and community leaders is a key part of LIV Golf’s mission to make sustainable investments in the regions we play in, all while growing the game of golf.”
Two charitable recipients in New Jersey are Adaptive Golfers and the Val Skinner Foundation, organisations committed to protecting the future through health and wellness education, youth development, and establishing equal playing fields.
Adaptive Golfers supports the needs of athletes with physical, cognitive, sensory, health, and age-related challenges who play the game of golf. The non-profit uses online and in-person resource clinics and training programmes to make the therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits of playing golf more accessible to players of all abilities. LIV Golf’s donation will support the purchase of an accessible RV that will travel the country and function as a mobile intake office for clinics, presentations and an adaptive-fitting station. Additional funding will help develop an adaptive-athlete education curriculum which will be integrated into existing professional golf instruction and the health and rehabilitative industries. Adaptive Golfers anticipates this curriculum will educate more than 250 students by the fall of 2022, delivering life-changing golf clinics that allow more adaptive players to participate in the game of golf.
“LIV Golf’s recognition of the needs of adaptive athletes helps us reach and empower more individuals to connect with the game of golf, thereby improving the quality of their lives – mind, body and soul,” said Gianna Rojas, CEO and Founder of Adaptive Golfers. “We are extremely grateful for their support and are excited to work together to provide life-changing opportunities for our athletes.”
⭐️ @Adaptivegolfers and The Val Skinner Foundation⭐️
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv) July 31, 2022
The Val Skinner Foundation is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. The Foundation focuses on early detection and STEM education programmes on cancer genetics for a younger generation, which are imperative to its mission. In partnership with Discovery Education and cancer experts from around the country, the Foundation developed DecodingCancer.org, a platform that has educated over 5.5 million students nationwide.
“We are pleased to have been selected as a recipient of LIV to Give’s support which will help us advance our mission in the fight against breast cancer through education and special programmes,” said Val Skinner, a former LPGA Tour Professional and Founder of the Val Skinner Foundation and LIFE LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer. “The funding will expand outreach to high school STEM students through DecodingCancer.org, which offers a full curriculum on cancer genetics and career exploration for the next generation of scientists. We owe it to every woman who has lost their battle to stay the course, and this meaningful donation represents our shared commitment to a better future.”
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