Jim and Tabitha Furyk, along with THE PLAYERS Championship Executive Director Matt Rapp and the Red Coats, presented the check to Baptist Health CEO and Wolfson Children's Hospital President This Morning
Local kids like Raia Adams, who has asthma, and Jacob Lopez, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and is a now a champion for child passenger seat safety, will benefit from the latest multimillion gift from THE PLAYERS Championship.
Both children were at a special announcement today in THE PLAYERS Championship Playroom at Wolfson Children's Hospital, where Jim Furyk, PGA TOUR player, presented a check for $2 million to Baptist Health President and CEO Hugh Greene and Wolfson Children's Hospital President Michael Aubin.
The gift is the second THE PLAYERS Championship has made to benefit child health, wellness and injury prevention programming at THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children's Hospital. Their original gift of $1 million, made in 2011, helped to establish the Center.
In the five years since, THE PLAYERS Center has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 children and families through community and parent education, childhood injury prevention, wellness and an access-to-care program (see Five-Year Accomplishments flyer for a "By the Numbers" list of some of the programs the Center offers, and how many children and families have been served).
With today's gift, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health will not only be able to sustain current programs, but expand the Center's impact to more kids in the region.
"It was an honor for Tabitha and me to announce this donation on behalf of THE PLAYERS Championship," said Furyk. "In the five years since THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health was established, we have been very impressed by the scope and quality of services provided to children and families throughout our region. It is heartening to know that this gift will allow the center to continue its great work for years to come."
The latest contribution is part of THE PLAYERS Giving Back Month, an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the many charities and organizations impacted by THE PLAYERS in Northeast Florida.
"The relationship between Jim and Tabitha Furyk, Baptist Health, Wolfson Children's Hospital, THE PLAYERS Championship and the PGA Tour goes back many years and continues to be strengthened through our collaboration that launched THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health," said Greene. "The success of the Center has exceeded our initial expectations by providing the highest level of health and wellness programs and services to the children and families in our region. We celebrate this momentous gift, which will have even further impact because of the $3 million in matching funds Baptist Health will provide to continue an endowment for the Center for countless generations."
Aubin said, "THE PLAYERS' contribution made our vision, to keep kids safe and healthy, a reality. Our number-one goal was to keep kids out of the hospital through injury prevention and teaching healthy habit, helping them maximize their educational opportunities and provide a better future for themselves and our community. On behalf of Wolfson Children's Hospital, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Jim and Tabitha Furyk, THE PLAYERS Championship, Red Coats and the PGA Tour for their continued support of our mission."