The ANNIKA Foundation provides opportunities in women’s golf at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles including SPARK, the Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children. It has also endowed an AJGA ACE Grant.
The Foundation annually conducts five major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the ANNIKA Invitational in Orlando, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Cup in Sweden; and, our newest event in association with The R&A, the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America in Argentina. In 2013, the Foundation’s reach extended to the collegiate ranks with the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M (awarded to most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer) and ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M (12-team, 54-hole event in Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Other grass roots golf programs include ANNIKA Junior Day in Memory of Holly Baxter, which brings together 80-100 Orlando juniors to learn golf fundamentals and the importance of fitness and nutrition. The Share My Passion LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Clinic invites 40 finalists who wrote letters to other girls their age, telling them why they should take up the game of golf.