Smiling Fore Life Program Receives a Generous Grant from Florida Junior Golf Council

After two successful years of providing golf to young hospital patients throughout the South Florida Section, The South Florida PGA Foundation has received additional support to help fund the Smiling Fore Life Program from the Florida Junior Golf Council.   A special thanks to the Florida Junior Golf Council for their $7,000 grant to The South Florida PGA Foundation in support of the Smiling Fore Life Program.  


With the help of six South Florida PGA Professionals, the Smiling Fore Life Program has touched over 600 young children throughout the South Florida community.  It has given them an opportunity to learn a new sport, get outside, and clear their mind from the challenges they are facing.  This grant will help this program continue to grow and impact the lives of more children throughout the community.


For more information about the Smiling Fore Life Program and the Florida Junior Golf Council please read below.

About Smiling Fore Life

In April 2010, the South Florida PGA Foundation created Smiling Fore Life, a program encouraging SFPGA Professionals to visit local children's hospitals weekly. These visits help bring golf into children's lives who may be experiencing hardship, and allows children an opportunity to forget about their challenges and enjoy a fun and new activity.


There are currently three hospitals participating in this program, Joe DiMaggio Children's hospital in Hollywood, Florida,  St. Mary's Parent-Child Center in West Palm Beach, and the Childrens' Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.  The program affords SFPGA Professionals the opportunity to get more involved in the local community.


About the South Florida PGA Foundation

The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting.  The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.


About Florida Junior Golf Council

Created in 2002 by the Dade Amateur Golf Association, the Florida Junior Golf Council was formed for the benefit of Florida's junior golf programs. Through the efforts of Charlie DeLucca, the founder of the Dade Amateur Golf Association, and golf advocates throughout the state, the "Golf Capital of the World" license plate was passed into law by the Florida legislature and Governor Jeb Bush.

The revenue derived from the "golf license plate" is used to assist organizations in the State that offer instruction and playing opportunities in conjunction with education in golf's core values of integrity, honesty, personal responsibility and sportsmanship. Funds are also used in support of junior golf initiatives serving the disadvantaged and disabled.

The FJGC has a Board of golf advocates who oversee the grant process. This Board is actively assisted in its evaluation process by the Florida State Golf Association, a non-profit organization that has served as the governing body of the game in Florida since 1913.




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