HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NEXT 30 YEARS
From a winner’s purse to the staging of global events, The Player Foundation has come a long way. Since 1983 The Player Foundation has expanded its scope and aligned its work to also strengthen impoverished communities. Having raised more than $64 million USD, we have been able to make a global impact.
Over the last 35 years The Player Foundation has supported schools in Colesburg, South Africa, orphaned children in Tamil Nadu, India, underprivileged students at Pleasant City Elementary in West Palm Beach, Florida, and children in the township of Khayletsha in Mr. Player’s home country of South Africa.
Today, the Blair Atholl School is self-sufficient with a matriculation of more than 500 students. In addition to the education efforts, The Player Foundation provides a feeding scheme, medical and dental care, transport services, adult education and training, and a number of recreational facilities. It is the school’s policy that education moves beyond the four walls of the classroom and therefore the school provides a variety of activities in which the students can participate. These include sport activities, choir, violin, and piano. The school has partnered with The World of Golf in Johannesburg to encourage and allow students to learn the game of golf. Students are able to take lessons, play on a regular basis and take annual trips to The World of Golf headquarters.
The mission of Christel House – to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society – aligns itself nicely with The Player Foundation.
On June 14, 2004, golfers at twenty courses; located in eleven countries on five different continents and spanning twenty time zones; participated in the Christel House Open. Play commenced with the morning tee-off in India and concluded as the last ball was putt into the 18th hole before sunset in Hawaii.
The winning foursome from each site qualified to compete in the new World Championship event, held August 30-31, 2004, at The Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, California – a course designed by tournament host Gary Player.
Pleasant City Elementary
In 2005, The Player Foundation adopted this school. Whilst only footsteps away from the affluent Palm Beach area, Pleasant City – the oldest African American community in Palm Beach County – located in the heart of West Palm Beach, is known for drugs, violence and crime. The school was established to provide a safe haven and quality educational foundation for children of this community. The school was selected due to the history of the area, the true dedication of the school’s staff to reunite the once flourishing community, and the similarities in needs with the Blair Atholl School located in South Africa.
The Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STDs and AIDS
Baoshan city in Yunnan province is located near the China-Burma border and it has become one of the drug traffic routes of the Gold Triangle. Due to the close proximity to Dehong city, there is a large population of drug users and sex workers, resulting in an AIDS epidemic.
In recent years, the AIDS epidemic has become more and more serious and widespread, and the situation continues to deteriorate year by year. As a result of the increase of infection and death of AIDS patients, the number of orphaned children has grown dramatically.
The Gary Player Invitational in China has selected this organization as its beneficiary. The rampant spread and affect of AIDS on the children in China, along with the national support of the organization, made this a good fit for the Foundation.