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McIlroy to help raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs

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As part of the yearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of saving kids' lives, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is thrilled to be a beneficiary of The 6 Bags Project, the first fundraising initiative of the World # 1 Professional Golfer and 2012 PGA Tour Player of the Year, Rory McIlroy.  Youth-serving charities are the focus of The Rory Foundation, and Rory had a personal hand in choosing the local Tucson beneficiary.  "I am delighted to include The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson in The 6 Bags Project.  I have heard of the work this organization does for vulnerable kids in the community and hopefully being part of The 6 Bags Project will raise not only money but awareness for this worthy charity – on a local and national level", said Rory McIlroy.

The 6 Bags Project works like this:  For each of the first 6 tournaments Rory plays in for the first four months of 2013, his golf bag will carry the name and logo of a children's charity.  During the tournament, the bag will be auctioned through with all monies raised going to the featured charity.  

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is Rory's charity during the Accenture Match Play Championship, taking place from February 20-24, 2013 in Tucson.  The connection with the Rory Foundation and worldwide notoriety during coverage of the Accenture Match Play Championship will have a significant impact on Tucson's youth by highlighting our mission and featuring the Clubs 50th Anniversary of helping to save lives of at-risk youth by keeping them off the streets and involved in positive activities such as athletics.  A press conference and a meet and greet with Rory and several youth members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson will take place on February 19th. 

"As a product of this great organization and now as its CEO, it is an honor to have Rory think of our kids and help provide them with a great future.  It is also a wonderful acknowledgement for the Tucson community and all of those who support at-risk youth", said Armando Rios, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. 

Lorraine Morgan, Vice President of Fund Development and Communications for the Boys & Girls Clubs notes, "The partnership with the Rory Foundation and the 6 Bags Project is an extension of the exceptional relationship between our organization and the Tucson Conquistadores, whose fundraising efforts surrounding the Accenture Match Play Championship enable us to provide our members with superior athletic programs and outstanding youth development staff to facilitate sports leagues and healthy lifestyle initiatives." 

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson

2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.  Since 1963, the Clubs have kept local children age 7-17, involved in wholesome activities, providing a positive alternative to the influence of juvenile delinquency. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson has six locations throughout Tucson and serves over 8,000 youth each year.  Membership is only $5 per school year and $5 per summer session, while the true cost to the organization is over $700 annually per child.   

About The Rory Foundation

The Rory Foundation, a registered charity has been set up by Rory McIlroy to help children from around the world.  The 6 Bags Project is the first fundraiser that the Rory Foundation is undertaking.  The Charities selected for the 6 Bags Project are as follows: 

HSBC Abu Dhabi (1/17-20) – Northern Ireland Cancer Fund For Children

WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship (2/20-24) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson

Honda Classic (2/28-3/3) – Child Protection Team of the Palm Beaches

WGC – Cadillac Championship (3/7-10) – First Tee Miami Date Amateur Golf Association

Shell Houston Open (3/25-31) – Chinquapin School

The Masters (4/11-14) – Charity TBA


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