The ANNIKA Foundation teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams.
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 will expand to Sweden for the ANNIKA Invitational Europe.
The Foundation is a financial supporter of Florida Hospital for Children’s Healthy 100 Kids, and has endowed an ACE scholarship with the AJGA.
Other key Foundation initiatives include ANNIKA Junior Day, the ANNIKA Inspiration Award and scholarships for aspiring Swedish juniors.