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THE PLAYERS launches enhanced Volunteer Village presented by Flagler Health+

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THE PLAYERS launches enhanced Volunteer Village presented by Flagler Health+

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida - Tournament officials announced today that UF Health St. Johnswill sponsor the Volunteer Village at THE PLAYERS 2019. Volunteer Village serves as “home” to the more than 2,000 volunteers who help make the tournament possible every year. This sponsorship will enhance the on-site experience for the volunteers who selflessly donate their time and energy throughout the week.
“At Flagler, we understand that social determinants play an important role in a person’s overall health. Studies show that volunteerism specifically can reduce depression, improve brain function and decrease stress levels,” commented UF Health St. JohnsPresident and CEO Jason Barrett. “As two of St. Johns County’s most prominent employers, it makes perfect sense for UF Health St. Johnsand THE PLAYERS to partner, and we are excited to support the Volunteer Village. We are building healthier communities, together.”

As THE PLAYERS continues to grow so does the demand for volunteers. Comfortable seating, volunteer bags, inclement climate weather gear and refreshments are just some of the necessities that UF Health St. Johnswill bring to Volunteer Village.

“THE PLAYERS could not operate at such high-levels without the thousands of hours put in by our 2,000 plus volunteers,” said Jared Rice, executive director of THE PLAYERS. “It’s extremely important for us to make sure our volunteers are cared for, both on and off the course. Thanks to Flagler Health+, their entire experience will be improved.”


About THE PLAYERS Championship
THE PLAYERS Championship annually combines the best field in golf with the world-class venue that is THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Optum®, Morgan Stanley and Grant Thornton LLP are the exclusive Proud Partners of THE PLAYERS. Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled $100 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $9 million generated in 2018. For more on THE PLAYERS, visit For more on the surrounding areas, visit or

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About Flagler Health+
UF Health St. Johns is a total-care enterprise aimed at advancing the physical, social and economic health of Northeast Florida communities. From serving as the lead agency for the Continuum of Care with an aim to end homelessness to bringing a new concept in health villages throughout the region, UF Health St. Johns is here to serve as our patients’ partner on the journey of life. UF Health St. Johns is an extension of UF Health Flagler Hospital, which has a 130-year legacy of caring for the community. The 335-bed hospital has been named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals out of nearly 4,500 nationwide. UF Health Flagler Hospital has also earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for primary stroke care centers, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs, accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, Center of Excellence designation for its bariatric surgery center, and ANCC magnet status for nursing excellence. Learn more at