Good Sports, a national non-profit, and the PGA TOUR’S Puerto Rico Open tournament delivered over $1 million in equipment and monetary support to 33 local nonprofit organizations that impact thousands of youth.
This donation was achieved working together in the Kids Pro Fun, a fundraising campaign launched in 2019 as part of the PGA TOUR’s commitment to give back to the community.
The Kids Pro Fun crowdfunding campaign successfully surpassed its goals, accomplishing the largest single day donation and equipment delivery made by Good Sports. Individuals, corporate donors and friends of the PGA TOUR joined in the effort, and the funds were leveraged by Good Sports to donate $780,000 in sports equipment and gear to youth across the island. Other collaborators included: athletes and celebrities, who helped promote Kids Pro Fun on social media, and PGA TOUR players who joined in the effort through donating and promoting the campaign. In addition to the $780,000 in brand new sports equipment the Puerto Rico Open also distributed $230,000 to non-profits in cash donations.
The distribution of the sports equipment was carried out earlier today with members of twenty-four nonprofit organizations, Good Sports CEO Melissa T. Harper and other Good Sports team members, PGA TOUR’s Kelly Jensen, and boxer Miguel Cotto, among others, attended the event.
For Boston-based nonprofit organization Good Sports, this is the largest donation ever given in just one campaign. “We are thrilled to partner with the Puerto Rico Open on the Kids Pro Fun initiative to give more youth in Puerto Rico access to sports and physical activity,” said Melissa Tatro Harper, Co-Founder and CEO of Good Sports. Good Sports’ goal is to get every kid off the sidelines and into the game, and the organization works diligently with community groups to make sure every goal is fulfilled.
“This donation of $780,000 in brand new equipment is the largest one time donation in Good Sports’ history, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Puerto Rico Open. Thousands of young people across the island will now have access to brand new equipment, from table tennis to boxing, to golf and baseball”, ended Tatro Harper.
David Chafey, Chairman of the Puerto Rico Open, points out: “This is the second time that the Puerto Rico Open joins Good Sports to help children and youth in Puerto Rico. This is an example of how through golf and the Puerto Rico Open we can help other sports. With this campaign Good Sports made history, but also, help kids maintain an active life and practice sports, while we accomplish the Puerto Rico Open’s commitment to give back to the community, and help promote Puerto Rico as a destination,” ended Chafey.
The 12th edition of the Puerto Rico Open will be held on February 17-23, 2020 in Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. For more information, please visit www.puertoricoopen.golf, or follow the conversation in social media: Good Sports Inc. and Puerto Rico Open in Facebook, using #KidsProFun, #KidsWhoPlayDoBetter,