Zurich Classic of New Orleans' Philanthropy: Fore!Kids Foundation

By Ryan Watson

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a PGA Tour event well known for its charitable contributions. Since 1958, those contributions have been channeled through the Fore!Kids Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose stated mission is “Helping Kids Through Golf”. The organization raises money throughout the years through events like charitable golf tournaments, a kid’s summer junior tour and the Golf Ball Gala. However, the bulk of the Foundation’s funding comes through the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where all profits go to the organization. Together, Fore!Kids has raised over $30 million dollars to provide healthcare, education and other necessities to New Orleans’ area children.

The money raised by the Fore!Kids Foundation goes to a myriad of local and national sources, a full list of these charities is available in the links below. Some of the organizations include the American Cancer Society, Blessings in a Backpack, the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the Youth Empowerment Project. One popular Fore!Kids program is an annual Toys’R’Us outing for 220 disadvantaged youth identified by local organizations. Each child is given a $100 gift card to the popular toy store to buy whatever they want. Since the program began in 2006, over 2,000 children have received more than $280,000 worth of toys to help ensure happy holidays.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.