ANNIKA Invitational Marks First Major Initiative of the ANNIKA Foundation
Orlando, Fla. (January 14, 2009) - LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam will be hosting the ANNIKA Invitational, this weekend, Jan. 16-19, at Ginn Reunion Resort, near Orlando, FL. The ANNIKA Invitational is a 54 hole, stroke play event featuring 60 of top female junior golfers from around the world.
The tournament will be hosted by the ANNIKA Foundation, which is dedicated to providing inspirational experiences, and educational and financial resources that will help children in need to realize their full potential. The Foundation will create and partner with programs that teach the importance of living a healthy active lifestyle through nutrition and physical fitness. In order to implement that message, participants in the ANNIKA Invitational will experience the "off-course" elements of playing collegiate and professional golf such as media training, the importance of health, fitness, and time management. The juniors will also have access to the ANNIKA Academy where they can practice, workout, test the latest equipment from Callaway Golf, or even pick the brains of Annika's own personal coaches.
Because golf has been such an important part of Annika's life, the Foundation will continue to offer experiences and opportunities that enable aspiring junior golfers to pursue their dreams. She attributes much of her success to the values that sports and physical fitness participation fosters: dedication, camaraderie, self esteem, discipline, and fun. By creating the ANNIKA Invitational in conjunction with the AJGA, Annika is hoping to create a one-of-a-kind event that covers those areas, while creating an opportunity for top players to compete against world class competition.
The AJGA is the world's leading junior golf organization and the ANNIKA Foundation will endow an ACE Grant through the ANNIKA Invitational.