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Workday’s Memorial Sponsorship Benefits Tournament, Communities and Children

Editor's Note: This article is written in partnership with Workday.

May 22, 2024
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Winning a premier event like the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday can change the life of a PGA Tour player. For Workday, a leading provider of solutions to help organizations manage their people and money, serving as presenting sponsor of the marquee PGA Tour event in central Ohio is an opportunity to change the lives of thousands in communities that benefit from the tournament.

Last year’s event raised more than $4.9 million for charitable organizations in central Ohio and beyond, including $4.6 million for the Memorial’s collaborating charitable partners, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. It marked the second straight year that the tournament’s annual charitable giving totaled more than $4 million.

“For decades the Memorial Tournament has championed important charitable causes that positively impact communities in need,” said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and executive chair of Workday. “The tournament’s storied history of giving back mirrors Workday’s commitment to improving the lives of children in local communities across the country.”

Dating back to its inception in 1976, the Memorial has surpassed $52 million in donations to charity, with nearly $37 million going to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, making it one of the annual event’s biggest beneficiaries.

Since the launch of the Eat. Learn. Play. program, which was founded by Stephen Curry, a four-time NBA champion and two-time MVP, and his wife, Ayesha Curry, an entrepreneur and two-time New York Times bestselling author, Workday has contributed and helped raise $11 million to support various Eat. Learn. Play. Initiatives.

Rooted in three of the most vital pillars for a healthy childhood — nutrition, education and physical activity — Eat. Learn. Play. closes opportunity gaps for children to live out their dreams. Since 2020, the organization has partnered with nonprofits, restaurants and other agencies to provide over 25 million meals and 2.1 million pounds of produce to kids and families.

“Workday has been an amazing ambassador and believer in what we're doing at Eat. Learn. Play. and was one of our first and biggest donors in terms of our early work, especially in the food space,” Stephen Curry said. “At Eat. Learn. Play., we ensure 100% of the money that comes into our foundation goes into the community. It's our job to ensure we're shepherds of those resources with the partners we work with.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Eat. Learn. Play. collaboratively focus on programs and services that fight to end childhood hunger, improve literacy and access to quality education, and provide safe places for all children to play and be active. In addition to its nutrition efforts, the program has invested $4.5 million in literacy programs and revitalized 14 schoolyards and community play spaces.

“We realized that we could fight these causes collectively because they're core pillars for children: eating, learning, playing,” said Ayesha Curry. “All three of these elements are essential for raising amazing children who can thrive as they grow into adulthood.”

While the Currys’ foundation was initially established with the goal of improving the lives of children and families in Oakland, California and the Bay area, for the past two years it has earmarked more than $500,000 to expand four Nationwide Children’s Hospital initiatives aimed at ending childhood hunger, improving literacy and access to quality education, and providing safe places for all children to play and be active in central Ohio.

When this year’s tournament winner is crowned, you can be assured it won’t just be the golfer’s life that is impacted. Thanks to the tournament’s history of charitable giving and Workday’s sponsorship, thousands of children throughout communities in Oakland and central Ohio will also benefit.