Indian Wells, California, United States: Philanthropist and golf entrepreneur Howard Milstein has been named a Trustee for PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America.
Milstein, Chairman of 8AM Golf, has pledged US$1 million to PGA REACH in honour of legendary PGA Member and five-time PGA Champion Jack Nicklaus. The gift is designed to inspire others to contribute to PGA REACH, as well as convey his belief in golf and the mission of PGA REACH.
The donation was announced at the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting.
“Jack introduced me to PGA REACH several years ago and I have spent the past year working with PGA REACH and the other Trustees, learning about their important programmes to help grow the game, impact youth, seed diversity and inclusion programmes, and also help our Veterans become part of our community,” said Milstein who, as Chairman of 8AM Golf, is the publisher of GOLF Magazine and Executive Chairman of the Nicklaus Companies.
“Through this commitment, I cannot think of a better way to honour my partner and friend. There is no one who better embodies the values and traditions of golf than Jack Nicklaus.”
The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations, by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.
“I deeply believe in the game of golf and its positive impact on participants of all ages,” Milstein added. “Through this donation and my involvement as a PGA REACH Trustee, I hope to give back to a community, and a game, that has given me so much.”
PGA Jr League, the flagship youth programme of PGA REACH, is a game-changing opportunity to bring family and friends together around fun team golf experiences. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
The PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be the most valuable entry-level employment opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain experience in all facets of the golf industry.
“We’re delighted that Howard Milstein has joined PGA REACH as our newest Trustee,” said Seth Waugh, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Waugh added: “I have met with Howard and discussed how the PGA, Nicklaus and 8AM Golf can work together to create a real impact on the game and the people we serve. His donation is a beacon of light for others across the golf industry to emulate, and the impact it will have is enormous. PGA REACH is grateful for Howard’s generosity and commitment to the future of the game.”