The PGA TOUR and TOUR Championship announced today that it will expand its philanthropic impact in Atlanta. In addition to the East Lake Foundation that has been supported by the TOUR Championship since it was first staged at East Lake Golf Club in 1998, this year’s tournament will support two new neighborhood-based nonprofit organization in Atlanta, the Grove Park Foundation and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta. All three organizations are working to create healthy, equitable and vibrant neighborhoods by providing high quality education for economically disadvantaged children and comprehensive support for families.
This shift will allow the TOUR Championship to connect more communities and organizations engaged in holistic community revitalization to each other and to one of the greatest annual sporting events in Atlanta.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter of purposeful investment in strong, healthy neighborhoods in Atlanta that support residents and provide opportunity for all people who reside in them,” said Allison Fillmore, Executive Director of the TOUR Championship.
Last year’s tournament provided more than $2.5 million to East Lake Foundation and other local nonprofits including The First Tee® of Atlanta.
For more information about the TOUR Championship, please visit pgatour.com/tourchampionship or call 404-378-8687.
About the TOUR Championship
The top 30 players on FedExCup Points List after the BMW Championship qualify for the TOUR Championship, the finale of the FedExCup Playoffs. FedExCup points are reset prior to the TOUR Championship, ensuring a real shootout as all 30 players in the field will have a mathematical chance of winning the FedExCup with a victory at the event. The TOUR Championship is annually contested at Atlanta’s renowned East Lake Golf Club, the formative home of the legendary Bobby Jones. The 2018 tournament will be played Sept. 19-23. The tournament proudly supports the East Lake Foundation, the Grove Park Foundation, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta and The First Tee® of Atlanta.
About the East Lake Foundation
Founded in 1995 by developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to provide tools that enable Atlanta’s East Lake residents to build a better future through its holistic model for community revitalization.
The East Lake model includes cradle-to-college education at Drew Charter School and its early learning partners, mixed-income housing at The Villages of East Lake and community wellness through programs including The First Tee® of East Lake, the Resident and Community Support Program, Start ME: East Lake micro-entrepreneurship program and East Lake Healthy Connections. This approach to building a strong community not only helps break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but also creates a place where people of all ages and incomes choose to live.
East Lake has become a national model for holistic community redevelopment across the country through Purpose Built Communities. For more information, please visit eastlakefoundation.org.
About the Grove Park Foundation
The Grove Park Foundation is dedicated to revitalizing the Grove Park neighborhood and improving the quality of life by working with local partners, leaders and residents to create a healthy, equitable and vibrant community. The first major program investment program getting underway will build a campus that includes a new K-8 neighborhood public school, to be operated by KIPP, a new YMCA early learning childhood and wellness center and a school-based healthcare clinic, all geared to serve current residents. For more information, visit groveparkfoundation.org.
About Purpose Built Schools Atlanta
Purpose Built Schools has a first-of-its-kind partnership with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) that is designed to turn around some of the system’s most troubled schools. We operate a K–12 feeder pattern of traditional public schools, but with the flexibility and full autonomy of a charter school. This unique approach allows us to combine the best of both traditional neighborhood schools and charter programs. For more information, visit purposebuiltschoolsatlanta.org