Over 25 years ago, the Player family established The Player Foundation in order to provide quality education, nutrition, medical care and sports activities to the less fortunate children living in rural areas outside Johannesburg, South Africa.
Today, through Black Knight’s four annual Gary Player Invitational (GPI) series of charity events staged in the USA, China, Europe and South Africa, the Foundation has expanded its efforts to bring hope, help and healing to impoverished communities around the world. The foundation has risen over $35 million globally, trying to make a difference for impoverished children. By partnering with local charities where GPI events are held, The Player Foundation has been able to make a real change in the lives of children through health and education initiatives.
Gary Player has always felt very strongly that we must look after our youth in order to ensure a positive future. What thus began as a small vision to educate a handful of children on Mr. Player’s farm outside Johannesburg, has now grown to support partner schools, as well as HIV orphans and crime-stricken communities in China, Europe and the USA.
Each year Black Knight International, in conjunction with The Player Foundation, manages and runs a series of prestigious golf events across the globe to raise funds for charity – the primary beneficiary being children’s causes.
Established in 1983, The Player Foundation operates as a 501 C (3) non-profit organization out of Palm Beach, Florida in the USA.
For further information, contact Debbie Longenecker, The Player Foundation at
or +1 561 624 0600 or visit