Bryan Brothers, Jack Nicklaus Help Raise $1.2 Million For Charity During 'Fore Love'
Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan and golf legend Jack Nicklaus hosted the third annual “Fore Love” event on Monday and Tuesday in North Palm Beach and Jupiter, Florida, raising $1.2 million for the Bryan Bros. Foundation and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
The Bryans met Jack and Barbara Nicklaus nine years ago through a mutual friend and share a passion for philanthropy. The first Fore Love tournament took place in 2017 and the event has raised $3.4 million for children’s charities.
"Mike and I are are proud to have had another successful year with our Fore Love Tournament," said Bob. "We owe so much to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, the incredible lineup of golf and tennis pros, and the generous support of our donors. We had a great couple days competing at the Bear's Club and Jack’s pristine grass courts. We are beyond grateful for the friendship of the Nicklaus family and the NCHCF. The proceeds from these events have and will continue to positively impact the lives of many children.”
The Fore Love tournament combined a golf pro-am on Monday and tennis pro-am on Tuesday. Current ATP Tour players who joined the Bryans for the tennis pro-am included Kevin Anderson, Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul and Stefan Kozlov. Former World No. 1 Jim Courier supported the cause alongside former Top 10 players Guillermo Canas, Gaston Gaudio and Juan Monaco. WTA players Caroline Wozniacki, Sofia Kenin, Monica Puig and Coco Gauff also participated in the event.
“Anytime we’re able to give back as athletes, we’re lucky. There’s a culture in both golf and tennis where everyone helps each other for events like this. It’s a fabulous culture,” Courier said. “This is a busy time of the year for everyone, getting ready for the new year, but there’s nothing more important than giving back and doing good. We’re all doing that here… Why not say yes to that?”Nicklaus, along with PGA players Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Donald Berger, took part in the golf pro-am.
“It doesn’t happen without people like you and without the athletes coming to give their time and be part of what we do,” Nicklaus said to those in attendance. “In golf, charity was there, but we never thought much about it while we were playing. All of a sudden, most tournaments became for charity… Tennis is following a very similar course.”
The Bryan Bros. Foundation is dedicated to helping children across the country gain the skills and support they need to succeed in life. Through tennis, music, and the arts, the foundation promotes values such as hard work and perseverance to reach goals.
The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation was founded in 2004 to support pediatric facilities nationwide. In 2015, the Miami Children’s Health System was renamed the Nicklaus Children’s Health System to honour their continued commitment to pediatric health care.