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Get Involved to Bridge the Digital Divide: Rocket Mortgage Classic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rocket Mortgage Classic is still happening this year. And even though this year’s tournament is a TV-only event, you can get involved and help the tournament’s cause of ending the digital divide in Detroit.

A stop on the PGA Tour, the Rocket Mortgage Classic took place for the first time last year at the Detroit Golf Club, replacing the Quicken Loans National. The tournament will now take place July 2-5, rescheduled from its original May 28-31 dates.

Changing the Course
The Rocket Mortgage Classic aims to bridge the gap for Detroit residents who lack access to the internet, technology, and digital literacy training within five years. Now with COVID-19 disrupting learning for students, those without convenient internet access are at a disadvantage when it comes to online learning.

That’s where the tournament comes in. The Rocket Mortgage Classic is helping solve this digital divide by spreading awareness and using fundraising opportunities and creative problem solving through its “Changing the Course” vision.

The 501(c)3 that organizes the event, the Rocket Giving Fund, will direct donation funds to organizations and infrastructure that work to expand the availability of 5G internet technology to Detroit residents who need it. To donate, text “Area313” to 243725 or click here.

Area 313 Challenge
Tournament players will also participate in helping increase digital access in Detroit by competing to make an eagle, ace, birdie (3-1-3) on holes 14, 15, and 16 for the opportunity to win big for charity. For the first golfer to complete this challenge, $313,000 in their name will go toward the Rocket Giving Fund.

New this year, anytime a player scores a three or one on the respective holes, Rocket Mortgage will make a direct donation. More opportunities to win donations include: an eagle (3) on hole 14 for $5,000, an ace or hole-in-one on hole 15 for $25,000, and a birdie (3) on hole 16 for $5,000.

Written by Melanie Barnett

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