By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
December 9, 2013
Charity has always been important to golf legend Gary Player, and 2013 was a banner year for his giving. The annual Gary Player Invitational global charity series raised nearly $2.5 million for underprivileged children across the globe this year, its 30th anniversary of giving. Through the successes of each of the GPI events across four continents, The Player Foundation throughout its history has well exceed $50 million raised to provide hope for a brighter future for disadvantaged youth.
The growth and global impact of the philanthropic golf series wasn’t predicted when Marc Player established the Foundation in 1983. Primarily funded through the GPI Series, The Player Foundation has provided support for numerous organizations this year included BerenbergKids, the Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STDs and AIDS, and Wings & Wishes. Now that the Foundation has had its best fundraising year, execs are seeking an even bigger milestone. The Player Foundation is aiming to raise a $100 million endowment to benefit the education of needy children and betterment of impoverished communities.