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Tony Finau Announces Formation of Foundation for Underprivileged Kids

At the Utah Open Friday Tony Finau announced the formation of a charitable foundation in his name that will focus on raising funds to provide opportunities to underprivileged children and their families.

The foundation goals as stated on its new web page, http://tonyfinaufoundation.org/, are “to obtain charitable funds, so in return; we can build an interactive learning facility, offer scholarships, and establish a state of art golf academy. This inclusive learning facility, scholarship offerings, and golf academy; will foster and educate underprivileged children, along with their families to help support and bond with their children, by discovering their talents and reach their overall potential.”

The first fund raising event of the foundation will be a PGA Tour supported tournament on September 29-30 which will be the official launch of the foundation. More than a dozen key sponsors are already committed to funding the foundation and other donors are being sought to embrace the mission of the foundation.

The theme of the foundation is “Inspire Someone”  and is focused on Discover-Develop-Achieve. To discover kids in need, to develop their skills, and to help them achieve.

In essence the foundation is based on the life experiences of the Finau Family and their desire to return to others the same kind of assistance they received as kids growing up in Salt Lake City.

“Many people helped us along the way,” Finau said, “and we want other kids to have the same support and encouragement.”

At the press conference Gary Finau, Tony’s father, said, “We are doing what Tony’s mother would want us to do. She would have been saying ‘don’t forget where you came from. Help others in the same way you’ve been helped.”

Tony’s mother was killed in a car accident several years ago.

The foundation will be working closely with the Jordan and Granite School Districts in Discovering, Developing, and enabling Achievement in underprivileged kids.

Mark Whetzel, a founding board member, said, “One of the significant differences in this foundation will be its focus on families. The history of the Finau family will be our model ,” he said.