DAP Championship makes $224,023 charitable donation to The LeBron James Family Foundation’s efforts in Akron
The 2018 DAP Championship to return to Northeast Ohio Labor Day weekend
CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 12, 2018) – The DAP Championship, Cleveland’s Web.com Tour Finals event, has announced a charitable donation of $224,023 from the 2017 tournament to The LeBron James Family Foundation. Ron Rice, President and Chief Operating Officer of DAP’s parent company, RPM International, presented Michele Campbell, Executive Director of The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF), with the donation during a recent Hometown Hall meeting hosted by LJFF at East CLC High School in Akron. In just two years since the tournament began, the DAP Championship has raised more than $447,000 to support The LeBron James Family Foundation.
“After partnering with The LeBron James Family Foundation in anticipation of the DAP Championship, I was humbled by the Foundation’s mission and goals,” said Rice. “We are honored to support the Foundation and the Fall 2018 opening of the I PROMISE School for the public school students in Akron. The LJFF team are true Champions and we are thrilled to be part of their wonderful family.”
The funds raised from this year’s event will help the Foundation continue to provide resources, support, and enriching experiences for the more than 1,200 Akron Public School students and their families currently in its I PROMISE program. With its mission to help students achieve their dreams through education, LJFF’s support for these students begins when they enter 3rd grade and continues through high school and into college, where the Foundation has guaranteed all eligible students four-year college scholarships. Soon, all of LJFF’s interventions, incentives, and “We Are Family” philosophy will culminate in the Fall 2018 opening of the I PROMISE School, a brand new Akron Public School that will provide wrap around support for LeBron’s I PROMISE students and their families.
“The support of the DAP Championship and their incredible team has been a game changer for our Foundation,” said Campbell. “Not only do their contributions help us provide the support our kids desperately need, but their partnership and passion for our mission has created opportunities for our students that we couldn’t offer on our own. More than partners, they’ve become part of our family and we are so thankful for their generosity and support.”
The 2017 DAP Championship, held in September at Canterbury Golf Club, was won in a three-man playoff by Nicholas Lindheim. The victory returned Lindheim to the PGA TOUR for the 2017-2018 season. Since its inception in 2016, players who have competed in the DAP Championship have gone on to win a total of 14 PGA TOUR tournaments, including 2016 DAP champion, Bryson DeChambeau’s win at the 2017 John Deere Classic.
“As part of the Web.com Tour Finals, the DAP Championship has become a great test for the game’s next wave of PGA TOUR stars, thanks to storied Canterbury Golf Club serving as a tremendous venue each year. Through our partnership with DAP and Cleveland-based RPM, this event is making a positive community impact for the LeBron James Family Foundation,” said Dan Glod, President of the Web.com Tour.
The DAP Championship will return to Canterbury Golf Club in 2018 over Labor Day weekend, August 30 – September 2. The 2018 tournament will be the second of the four events in the season-ending Web.com Tour Finals, where a second set of 25 PGA TOUR cards are awarded. The field will include approximately 150 players, comprised of the 75 leading Web.com Tour money winners at the conclusion of the Regular Season and those players who finish Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup and are not otherwise exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2018-19.
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