Annika feels very strongly about giving back. In 2007, she created the ANNIKA Foundation to give young children the same opportunities she had as a child to lead a healthy life. In 2008, Annika was named the “Most Caring Athlete” by USA Weekend magazine, along with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
The ANNIKA Foundation has partnered with several key organizations to promote healthy and active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, the leading physical education program for schools; Florida Hospital for Children, supporting its Healthy 100 Kids initiative; and The First Tee, developing the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.
The Foundation annually conducts three major golf events for aspiring junior girls, including the ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., the award-winning American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) event; the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China for top Asian juniors; and the ANNIKA Cup, a team event for the top juniors in Sweden. In 2012, the ANNIKA Invitational event format expanded to Sweden for the ANNIKA Invitational Europe.
In 2014 the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M was co-founded by the ANNIKA Foundation and Golfweek. The 54-hole stroke play event is played on Reunion Resort’s Watson Course and annually features 12 of the top Division I women’s programs in the country. This event allows Annika to stay connected with the players through all facets of competitive golf. In addition, a gala reception precedes the event during which Annika presents the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M to the nation’s best female player in college golf.
The Foundation is a financial supporter of Florida Hospital for Children’s Healthy 100 Kids, and has endowed an ACE Grant scholarship with the AJGA.
Other key Foundation initiatives include ANNIKA Junior Day and the ANNIKA Cup.