Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How The McGladrey Classic will give back to the community



The following post is by Davis Love III, whose foundation will be The McGladrey Classic host organization, and who will serve as Tournament Chairman:

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the addition of the new PGA TOUR event: The McGladrey Classic. As a long-time Sea Island resident, I’m thrilled that this event will be held at Sea Island’s Seaside Course, and that the Davis Love Foundation will serve as the host organization!

The Davis Love Foundation was established in 2005 as a nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on at-risk children and their families. The organization’s mission is to build a better future for these individuals by providing grants and donations to community-based programs that focus on children and families in need.

Golf is a game of honor. And one of the aspects of this sport that I've always been most proud of as a PGA TOUR board member and player is how much the TOUR, thanks to generous sponsors such as RSM McGladrey, gives back to the community. The McGladrey Classic will provide an opportunity for the Davis Love Foundation, the PGA TOUR and RSM McGladrey to partner in our efforts to enhance the community. Special Olympics (which has been a beneficiary of RSM McGladrey’s golf-related activities over the past year), along with a number of local and regional nonprofits, will be beneficiaries of donations raised through fundraising activities related to The McGladrey Classic.

Nonprofits aren’t the only beneficiaries, however. The current economy has been difficult for our nation as a whole, but it has been particularly difficult for cities and towns that rely on tourism for their economic well-being. Obviously, my home community falls into this category. The McGladrey Classic will be a boost to the local economy – not just now, but hopefully long into the future.

I’m excited to be partnering with the RSM McGladrey, Sea Island, and the PGA Tour on this event, and I know that my brother Mark is looking forward to serving as executive director of The McGladrey Classic. We both hope to see you in October!