As an official event of the PGA TOUR, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is extremely proud of the company it keeps when it comes to charity.
The PGA TOUR, its players and tournaments support more than 3,000 charities. These local and national organizations work in a range of areas affecting the lives of millions in the communities where we live and play.
Nationwide Children's Hospital
The Memorial Tournament continues the PGA TOUR's philanthropic focus through its several relationships with Central Ohio charities. The most significant of which is a 42-year relationship with primary benefactor, Nationwide Children's Hospital. Contributions generated through the support of over 2,600 volunteers and several fundraising initiatives are distributed each year to the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the areas of most need at Nationwide Children's.
Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation
In June of 2010 a charitable alliance was announced among the Memorial Tournament, Nationwide Children's and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The alliance established Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation as a lead charity of the Memorial Tournament and supporter of Nationwide Children's. Driven by a passion to come to the aid of all those impacted by childhood illnesses, the Nicklaus family formed its Foundation in 2004. The mission of the Foundation was and remains simple yet powerful: To support programs and activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. The goal of the Nicklaus family has been to broaden the reach of the Foundation’s helping hand assuring all proceeds from the Memorial Tournament's philanthropic initiatives remain in central Ohio.
The Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
In honor of the Memorial’s support, Nationwide Children’s Hospital dedicated its main campus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as the Memorial Tournament NICU. As America’s largest neonatal network, Nationwide Children’s Neonatal Intensive and Special Care Units provide the highest level of care for more than 3,000 babies each year. Nationwide Children’s dedicates itself to not only treating, but ultimately preventing all complications of prematurity.
This extraordinary number of patients allows Nationwide Children’s to provide the highest level of experience and translate that expertise into programs that addresses fetal diagnosis and therapies, across the spectrum of newborn conditions, to essential long-term follow-up care. It is the combination of all these things, with the dedication and commitment of the NICU teams and families, that allows Nationwide Children’s to provide babies with cutting edge interventions, exceptional care, and in turn, remarkable outcomes.
Extending Charitable Compassion
In addition to Nationwide Children's Hospital, the Memorial Tournament’s charitable endeavors also include unique and successful relationships with Fore Hope, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Wolfe Associates, The First Tee of Central Ohio, Shriners, Lions Club and many, many more. Since 1976, the Memorial Tournament has donated over $28 million to support both local and national charitable organizations.
Community Outreach Programs
Bears for Nationwide Children’s
Each year the Memorial Tournament provides an opportunity to support the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by purchasing the annual Limited Edition Memorial Tournament bear. A bear can be taken home or donated back to a child at Nationwide Children's! 100% of all proceeds from the bear sales stay in central Ohio to benefit the patients of Nationwide Children's Hospital. Learn more: Bears For Nationwide Children's
The Memorial Tournament’s annual Benefit Concert brings the central Ohio community together for a night of music and giving. Each year a national recording artist takes the stage as the centerpiece to raise funds for the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Nearly $1,000,000 has been raised since the concert’s inception in 2007.
For information regarding the 2021 Benefit Concert, featuring American folk band Caamp as the headline act, visit MT Benefit Concert.
The FORE! Miler is a community run/walk event hosted annually to celebrate the playing of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and to serve as a fundraiser that highlights and benefits the alliance between the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and the Tournament’s long-time primary beneficiary Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The FORE! Miler has become a signature event of the Memorial and established itself as one of the premier four-mile running events in Columbus, welcoming over 2,000 runners/walkers each year to Muirfield Village Golf Club and Dublin, Ohio. For more information visit: FORE! MILER
The Legends Luncheon is a unique, award-winning fundraiser that brings to life the alliance between the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. All proceeds of the Legends Luncheon directly benefit the young patients and families that Nationwide Children’s compassionately serves each day.
The goal of the Luncheon is to support advances in pediatric care and research throughout the areas of most need at Nationwide Children’s. Luncheon guests annually enjoy a special conversation with Memorial Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus and a distinguished guest influential in the game of golf. Past Legends Luncheons have featured golf royalty, like Nancy Lopez, Jim Furyk, Annika Sorenstam, Sir Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Hale Irwin, and Judy Rankin.
Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award
The Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award is given annually to a patient or family who in some way has demonstrated a strong, driving spirit in overcoming obstacles, an unwavering optimistic outlook, and a strong conviction for their connection to Nationwide Children’s. The award is presented each year by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus during the Legends Luncheon and honors the courage within that inspires volunteerism and community outreach, which has a positive influence on others.
Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award Winners
2020: Anna Earl
2019: Matthew McClish
2018: Maddi Webb
2017: Makya Marvi
2016: Kyle Mitchell
2015: Juan Crestanello
2014: Griffin Hayden
2013: Addie McGarry
2012: Beau Hefner
2011: Caitie Bogenrief
The Memorial’s Clubhouse Kids
The Memorial’s Clubhouse Kids is the Tournament’s youth program and includes three initiatives, The Memorial’s Clubhouse Kids Golf Tour, Junior Golf Day (including Family Night) and an interactive website at memorialclubhousekids.com. For more information please click HERE to visit the website.
Volunteer of the Year
Volunteers are at the heart of the Memorial Tournament’s dedication to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Every year thousands of volunteers share their passion for helping others by giving their time and talents to the success of the Tournament. It is in recognition of these selfless men and women that the Tournament annually honors an individual as the Volunteer of the Year. For more information, including past winners, visit: Volunteer of the Year