It's More Than Just Golf

September 24, 2020, 3:58pm EDT

Why golf with NKF now? Matt Marvel, President & Founder of BUILT National, and long-time supporter of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) understands that doing good is good for business.  In fact, his team has increased their participation in the 2020 NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic series by over 30% this season - despite challenges presented by the global pandemic.

“The tournament series provides companies the opportunity to reward their employees, entertain or thank clients while giving back – and do it at amazing locations. The tournaments are so well run, they make it so easy for those of us that participate. Not to mention, this year especially, golf is one of the few activities that people feel most comfortable doing now” Marvel said.  

Golf makes it easy to social distance outdoors.

Golf makes it easy to social distance outdoors. Golfers organically limit contact due to the individual nature and use their own personal own equipment including gloves. At NKF tournaments, the safety of our golfers, staff and volunteers is our number one priority. In compliance with each golf course, state regulations and CDC guidelines, NKF is taking every precaution to create a safe, competitive and fun experience for all. Some of these updates you may see at the tournaments are contactless and virtual check-ins, hand sanitizer stations and minimal contact with staff and volunteers.

The NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic is grounded in a history almost 4 decades old. Experienced golfers and those new to the game participate each year in the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity and the only national series of tournaments culminating in an exclusive event at Pebble Beach Resorts (January 14-17, 2021), that brings together thousands of golfers in a fun, but competitive setting, to entertain clients, conduct business, and network while supporting kidney disease patients and their families.

It's a great way to connect with others.

“Imagine having access to golf courses that you could never get to on your own, spending corporate dollars on those golf outings/trips while supporting an amazing charity…and the power and value of a good network and special times with good people. Very special.”

Connecting with other executives is a compelling benefit of the Golf Classic program for many attendees like Matt. Over half of Fortune 500 executives see golf as a great networking opportunity, and 80% agree that playing golf aids in creating new business connections. As a matter of fact, 93% stand by the power of golf as an avenue to create closer and stronger connections with current relationships. More than a third said some of their biggest deals were made on a golf course.

Recently, the National Kidney Foundation launched the “Are You the 33%?” campaign, which aims to empower people to take action, know their kidney risk and talk to their doctor. There are 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease – that’s at least one golfer out of every foursome.  The NKF is thrilled to bring together golfers with a passion for the kidney community in a safe environment to spread awareness and raise critical funds to improve the lives of kidney disease patients and their families. Because, without a doubt, it’s more than just golf for us.

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Matt Marvel is the Founder and President of BUILT National and the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Jordan & Skala Engineers.