Frank Nobilo, a veteran of several professional golf tours worldwide and a Golf Channel analyst for the PGA TOUR and studio shows, recently designated a cheque in the amount of US$40,000 to Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation (INRF), based in West Auckland, New Zealand.
This contribution is a portion of the charitable proceeds generated from The Presidents Cup 2011 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in which Nobilo participated as one of Greg Norman’s captain’s assistants for the International Team.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not personally paid for their participation; instead, each competitor, captain and captain’s assistant allocates their portion of the proceeds generated to chosen charitable causes. Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation is one of several organizations chosen by Nobilo; he also supported the organization with funds from The Presidents Cup 2009.
INRF specializes in adult stroke rehabilitation, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, head injury and other neurological conditions. INRF hosted Nobilo and his wife Selena and his mother prior to The Presidents Cup last year, and television, radio and print media interviewed Nobilo during this visit. Nobilo and his family attended a class and met with INRF clients and Ministry of Health officials. Nobilo’s visit greatly raised awareness of INRF and the work achieved in the rehabilitation of its clients back into community.
“The money raised by The Presidents Cup has helped to bring awareness to many charities around the world, and it gives me great pride to support a charity in New Zealand,” said Nobilo. “INRF provides Conductive Educational Rehabilitation for people with neurological disorders – an area that often gets forgotten. My goal is to bring awareness to this cause, and The Presidents Cup has made it possible for me to do that.”
A total of $4.5 million was distributed to charitable causes around the world from The Presidents Cup 2011, a record-setting amount for this prestigious competition and part of the more than $27 million raised since the inception of event in 1994.
The Presidents Cup is a biennial match-play competition between the United States Team and the International Team, which was first contested in 1994. The International Team includes the world’s best players from non-European countries. The ninth playing of the event occurred November 15-20, 2011, at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which was the first international venue to host this prestigious competition more than once.
For more information on The Presidents Cup, visit www.PresidentsCup.com. Visit www.inrf.org.nz for more information on the Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation.
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