It's Better to Give Than Receive, Players Say

In light of September 11, tournament participants and directors have noticed a trend away from receiving gifts and toward using the event to give back to the community.

“It really makes golf participants feel good when they can help others in some small way,” says Jo Ann Hoffman, president of Bethesda, Md.-based Meeting Industry Ladies Open and The Golfe (

Hoffman recently staged an event where proceeds went to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. She also suggests that participants bring two clean, used golf shirts to donate to the local homeless shelter.

How can organizers select a charity? “You can pinpoint a local charity where the tournament is staged, or give to a national charity with immediate needs. Or you can donate to long-standing organizations like the American Cancer Society.”