Rutherford Joins Volunteers at The Players Championship
Welcome to another installment of the Rutherford Ride Along, where I visit workplaces across the First Coast to gain insights on how federal policies impact the jobs in our community.
This weekend, I enjoyed the unique opportunity to serve as a volunteer at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra. Northeast Florida proudly welcomes thousands of fans and the best golfers in the world each year for this marquee event, which is a tremendous economic boon for our community. The tournament not only showcases all that our area has to offer, but also generates remarkable support for many local charities, with a special focus on our military and veterans to whom The Players offers free or discounted attendance each year.
I volunteered at the Patriots’ Outpost, a tent offering hospitality to many servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. I spent the day working alongside many individuals who have made immense sacrifices to ensure our freedom, including gold star parents and combat veterans. Together, we thanked our heroes for all they have done for our country while helping them enjoy their experience at the tournament. We also heard from folks about their experiences with the VA and ways our veteran care can improve. In Congress, we must continue to support our men and women in uniform both on the battlefield and when their service is complete.
My thanks go out to not only the volunteers at Patriots’ Outpost, but all of the more than 2,000 volunteers who are working so hard to host yet another outstanding edition of The Players Championship!