Florida Hospital for Children is proud to have the support of Annika Sorenstam and the ANNIKA Foundation, which is very involved in the Healthy100 Kids Program.
Sorenstam is arguably one of the greatest female golfers of our time, and perhaps of all time. During her 15-year career, she rewrote the record books of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the Ladies European Tour, winning countless honors and tourneys. She captured 89 victories worldwide, including 72 on the LPGA tour and won 10 major championships. She has the lowest scoring average for a season, 68.6969, and holds six Vare trophies for lowest scoring average. She is the first and only female to earn more than $20 million in the LPGA. She was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press 2003 through 2005, and the Golf Writers Association Female Athlete of the Year in 1995, 1997 and again from 2000 to 2005.
When she left the sport in 2008, Sorenstam launched her ANNIKA brand and partnered with Cutter & Buck to develop her own line of golf apparel for women.
She opened the ANNIKA Academy in Orlando, Florida, in 2007, which is dedicated to training the next generation of golfers, including fitness and strength training to give them the mental and physical edge to compete on a world level.
With her deep desire to give something back to those who supported her so much during her career, Sorenstam started the ANNIKA Foundation that same year, which is dedicated to helping children live an active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition and to give aspiring young golfers the chance to play the game.
Sorenstam's commitment to our youth and their lifelong health was a natural fit for the Healthy100 Kids Program here at Florida Hospital for Children, and we’re happy to welcome Sorenstam and the ANNIKA Foundation to our team.