Luke List, a PGA TOUR player, and his wife Chloe presented a check for $250,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia Thursday, Dec. 7. The donation, which was made possible by the proceeds earned when List won the RSM Birdies Fore Love charity competition during the 2022-23 PGA TOUR season, will support the expansion of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Georgia’s second largest Children’s Hospital.
The Lists’ son, Harrison, was born prematurely on June 5, 2021. After leaving the hospital, Harrison was soon readmitted due to RSV, a respiratory virus, and was intubated for two days. Ultimately, Harrison spent two weeks in the PICU at Children’s. Helping expand the unit is a cause that is near and dear to the Lists’ hearts.
“It means so much to me and my family to have this opportunity to give back,” List said. “We want to share our story just to have people know what they do here and how much they’re really giving and really changing lives.”
Children’s Hospital of Georgia is home to the highest level (Level I) PICU referral center in the region, providing critical care to children suffering from trauma or serious illnesses. Its team of dedicated pediatric intensivists delivers round-the-clock care to more than 1,000 children annually. Currently the PICU has 14 private rooms to care for children. After the expansion, that number will increase to 22 rooms, so more Georgia families will benefit from expert care at Children’s.
The RSM Birdies Fore Love competition awards the top player who accumulated the most birdies (or better) during the FedExCup Fall events the ability to donate to the winner’s choice of children and/or family-focused charitable organizations. The List family decided that Luke’s winnings would go to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
Representatives from RSM joined the Lists to present the check. Since the program’s inception in 2018, RSM’s Birdies Fore Love has raised $5.25 million in donations for players’ charities, supporting over 85 different organizations. Four players have started their own foundations as a direct result of RSM’s Birdies Fore Love funds.