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Foundation Overview


To provide quality education for underprivileged children and strengthen impoverished communities plagued by disease and crime.

What We Do

Gary Player Classic

In 1983, the Player family established The Player Foundation in order to provide quality education, nutrition, medical care and extra-curricular activities to the less fortunate children living in rural areas of South Africa.  Today, through several annual events staged in the USA, Asia, Europe and South Africa, the foundation has raised more than $60 million for impoverished children globally.  The Player Foundation is headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, and operates as a 501 C (3) non-profit organization. 

Gary Player has always felt very strongly that we must look after our youth in order to ensure a positive future.  What thus began as a small vision to educate a handful of children near Mr. Player’s estate outside Johannesburg, South Africa, has now grown to support partner schools, as well as HIV and crime-stricken communities in China.

Each year Black Knight International, in conjunction with the Gary Player Foundation, manages and runs a series of four prestigious golf events on four continents to raise funds for charity - the primary beneficiary being underprivileged children’s education and impoverished communities across the globe.

Fast Facts

  • Established in 1983
  • Stages events on four continents to raise funds
  • Raised more than $60 million USD
  • Assisted 81 organizations to raise more than $15,000 USD in 2007 through donation of signed memorabilia