Recently THE PLAYERS Championship’s Red Coats made surprise donations to Gabriel House of Care, Angelwood and Sanctuary on 8th Street three of 51 total recipients of Red Coat Grants.
Each year, THE PLAYERS Championship’s Red Coats (past tournament volunteer chairpersons) conduct surprise visits to nonprofit organizations throughout Northeast Florida to present charitable donations as part of their Red Coat Grants. The Red Coats also wrapped presents and assembled care packages for beneficiaries of The Giving Closet Project (GCP), a nonprofit located on the campus of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School that provides basic needs resources for school communities and social service agencies that work directly with homeless and low-income youth and their families. GCP was developed out of the desire to help schools revitalize their lost-and-found into successful donation centers for students in need. During their visit, the Red Coats presented a $10,000 check to GCP that will be used to support the program’s expansion, especially as demand for its services has continued to increase. During Camp I Am Special’s Winter Day Camp, the Red Coats delivered more than 100 PLAYERS-themed donuts provided by food partner Mini Bar to the campers, staff and volunteers. Camp I Am Special is a camp for people with intellectual and developmental differences and physical disabilities that is operated by Catholic Charities Jacksonville, which provides a variety of services to those in need, including adoption/pregnancy services, emergency assistance, workforce development programs, immigration services, assistance for those with disabilities, and more. Shown is Sanctuary on 8th Street student Kendall Hart with his finished gingerbread house.