The Woody Foundation in Miami, Florida: When Golf Makes the World a Better Place

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Peanut butter and jelly… fish and chips… golf and charity — just a few of the great duos of all-time. Golf’s brilliance transcends sport. The game’s ability to groom us, mend relationships and its philanthropic powers are greater than the game itself.

James "Woody" Beckham with the winning foursome at the 2017 edition

James “Woody” Beckham with the winning foursome at the 2017 edition

James “Woody” Beckham was 22 years old when he suffered a complete spinal cord injury in a rugby match that paralyzed him from the chest down. Shortly thereafter – Woody, family and friends formed The Woody Foundation to help the paralyzed. Since then, The Woody Foundation has raised more than $2 million. Funds are raised at four major annual events: Woody Golf Classic benefits The Buoniconti Fund, Lionfish Bash supports Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital, Lobster Feast raises funds for Shake-A-Leg Miami and Woodystock funds The Woody Foundation’s proprietary effort: Woody Packs. Woody Packs are backpacks loaded with assistive devices that help those with limited hand functioning. Items include a special fork and spoon, cell phone holder, retractable ID holder and more. Each Pack costs the Foundation around $100 – they can be requested at woodyfoundation.org for free.

“Our events have three chief goals: increase paralysis awareness, raise funds to help others and have a good time. The Woody Golf Classic checks all three. We have a masseuse come out, there are a lot of extra games, the food is always fantastic and Tito’s Vodka has been good to us for years,” Woody Beckhman tells World’s Best Golf Destinations. “The 2018 edition will include a lot of the popular things we’ve done in the past and some surprises to make the event better than ever before,” he adds.

The Woody Golf Classic celebrates its seventh edition in 2018. This year’s shotgun scramble is set for Thursday, April 19, 2018 at International Links in Miami, Florida. To make a donation, register a team or for sponsorship information, call 305-586-3107 or email [email protected].

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