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THE PLAYERS:

A partnership between THE PLAYERS Championship and UNF's Fraternity and Sorority Life

 

 FORE! DRIVING COMMUNITY IMPACT THROUGH STUDENT VOLUNTEERISM

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Since 2010, THE PLAYERS Championship Golf Tournament and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL) at UNF have worked together (annually) to admit patrons to one of the most prestigious PGA Tour events.  Taking place at the storied TPC-Sawgrass, with the infamous and historic 17 Island Green, members of the fraternity and sorority community have opportunities to be involved with and participate in a first-rate international event, with an immense benefit to the Northeast Florida region on many levels. 

  

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS INCREASE EFFICIENCY

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For eight years, UNF fraternity and sorority students constituted the majority of volunteers with the Admissions/Will Call Committee.  These student volunteers work at least six-hour shifts and are often the first faces patrons encounter upon coming to the tournament.  The students assist eager fans to enter the course by selling and scanning tickets, providing information, and being a welcoming presence.  The support of fraternity and sorority student volunteers slowly grew over time and because of their effort, the tournament has been able to merge two committees Admissions and Will Call into one area and spread out their remaining volunteer pool to other areas of the tournament.  In a pinch, fraternity and sorority students may also volunteer with another committee to help fill an opening in the volunteer schedule. 

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THE PHILANTHROPIC IMPACT

Consistently, the tournament has anywhere from 50-75 student volunteers from the fraternity and sorority community, along with the staff members from the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.  Because the implementation of THE PLAYERS Championship is structured around volunteers and partnerships like the one with OFSL, the tournament has been able to provide $100M in charitable giving since 1977.  This money has been vital to many non-profit and community organizations that also have partnerships with UNF employees and students in a variety of ways.

  

EXPERIENCES THAT CREATE CIVIC LEADERS

Every year, THE PLAYERS Championship volunteer leadership donates money to local non-profits and charities throughout the northeast Florida area.  This amount has steadily climbed each year, with a total of $8.7M donated in 2017.  UNF is one of the beneficiaries of this philanthropic giving, where THE PLAYERS Championship earmarks an endowed fund of $1.5M to provide First Generation Scholarships that provide access to college for students who would not otherwise be able to attend.  Over the course of the partnership, THE PLAYERS UNF students posing at the TPC Championship has provided $125,000 in funding to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, money that has been put towards educational programming and leadership development for students.  Thus, creating a culture of well-educated and trained leaders to positively impact UNF and become civic leaders after graduation.  Not to mention, students who have volunteered have been able to secure internships and full-time positions with the PGA Tour because of networking and relationships they developed through the volunteer experience.

 

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

As the tournament continues to grow and flourish, the partnership between UNF’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and THE PLAYERS Championship will do the same in order to advance the philanthropic aims of the tournament and benefit the Northeast Florida region in immeasurable ways.

 

For more information on Fraternity and Sorority Life, please visit: https://www.unf.edu/fraternity-sorority/

For more information on volunteering with THE PLAYERS Championship, please visit: https://www.theplayers.com/volunteer.html