Rocket Mortgage Classic Next On the Tee for Detroit Charities

The Rocket Giving Fund (the nonprofit which manages the Rocket Mortgage Classic), in partnership with title sponsor Rocket Mortgage, raised $1.35 million in 2021 through Detroit’s third-annual PGA TOUR event to support local nonprofits. The organizations directed $805,000 of these funds invested with community partners supporting the event’s “Changing the Course” initiative, which is working to end Detroit’s digital divide.

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Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, MI — July 7, 2022

In three weeks the PGA Tour pros will tee it up for the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club.

Rocket Mortgage Classic Trophy / Lasco Press Photo

An impressive list of big-name players has already committed to competing. Gary Woodland (2019 U.S. Open Champion), Keegan Bradley (former PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and PGA Championship winner), Mackenzie Hughes (first player in TOUR history to win on PGA TOUR Canada, the Korn Ferry Tour, and the PGA TOUR), Stewart Cink (2009 Open Champion and eight-time PGA TOUR winner), and Davis Love III (2017 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee holds 21 PGA TOUR titles, including the 1997 PGA Championship) are the latest entrants.

Joining Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day, Tony Finau, Ricky Fowler, Will Zalatoris, Matt Kuchar, and defending champion Cam Davis all of whom committed earlier.

Cam Davis, Defending Champion of the Rocket Mortgage Classic / Lasco Press Photo

New This Year

The tournament is offering area golf fans additional opportunities to experience the thrill of live golf viewing.

In celebration of everything that makes Detroit a great place to live, work and play, the Rocket Mortgage Classic announced the addition of new “Detroit Community Days” on Tuesday and Wednesday of tournament week for all residents of the 313 and beyond to enjoy complimentary access to the most exciting pre-tournament events.

All fans will receive complimentary admission and parking on Tuesday, July 26 for the AREA 313 Celebrity Scramble and the Youth Golf Clinic presented by The Children’s Foundation, as well as on Wednesday, July 27 for the Delta Dental Pro-Am at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

YOUTH 15 and UNDER receive access all week, with a ticketed adult.

Tickets on Sale Now

Order tickets online now for the best pricing using the Rocket Mortgage Classic website.

Tickets and Parking Passes for this year’s event at Detroit Golf Club, July 28 – 31, will be digital. Disclaimer – Tickets for this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic will increase $10 starting Monday, July 18. Prices will increase an additional $5 starting Monday, July 25.

Hospitality Options and frequently asked questions are also provided online.

Detroit Golf Club, home of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, undergoing preparations for this year’s tournament / Lasco Press Photo

Tournament Charity Proceeds

Again this year, one of the primary beneficiaries of the tournament’s charity proceeds is the Connect 313 Fund. Highlights of the work accomplished by the organization were publicized recently at the Detroit Golf Club.

The Connect 313 Fund – a collaborative partnership formed to bridge the digital divide in Detroit and founded by the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Rocket Mortgage, City of Detroit, Microsoft, and United Way for Southeastern Michigan – announced the creation of 17 new neighborhood technology hubs across Detroit.

At least one tech hub will be located in each of Detroit’s seven council districts, ensuring citywide access to these trusted community spaces that provide internet connectivity, technology, and digital literacy programming. Detroit will go from five neighborhood technology hubs to 22 overall, a drastic improvement in a city that, in 2019, was ranked as the least connected large city in the country. Thanks to the efforts of Connect 313 and other digital inclusion efforts, 67.5 percent of Detroit residents are now considered digitally included.

“We set a goal two years ago to provide Detroiters vital access to the tools and technology they need to thrive. The opening of these new technology hubs is a huge step toward that goal,” said Bob Walters, CEO of Rocket Mortgage, the title sponsor of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. “These additional neighborhood tech hubs will help even more Detroiters connect to education and employment opportunities, unleash their potential and grow community.”

“We are proud that the Rocket Mortgage Classic can continue its critical Changing the Course mission in such an impactful way, moving Detroit one step closer to closing its digital divide,” said Jason Langwell, Executive Director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. “The Rocket Mortgage Classic is about more than golf – it’s about giving back to the city we call home and each resident across Detroit’s neighborhoods.” 

Rocket Mortgage Classic Support

Since 2019, the Rocket Mortgage Classic has invested more than $5.25 million into local nonprofits, including $3.2 million through the Changing the Course initiative first launched in 2020. Additional philanthropic efforts include the Connect 313 Fund’s “EBB 313” campaign – launched at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic Media Day – which connected more than 82,500 Detroit households to the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). This represented more than 30 percent of Detroit households.

The EBB, now the American Connectivity Program (ACP), originally provided a $50 monthly discount toward internet access for low-income households and a one-time $100 subsidy toward a technological device. Today, the ACP continues to provide a monthly $30 benefit. 

The Connect 313 Fund also announced a new digital literacy curriculum, designed for learners, teachers, and organizations who are new to digital literacy programming. The curriculum, based completely on open-source programming, covers basic digital literacy skills as well as tips on how to obtain internet service and a technological device. The playbook will be available in the coming weeks on the Connect 313 Fund website, where it can also be printed.

“The Connect 313 Fund’s new digital literacy curriculum will help residents develop the basic skills required to succeed in our modern, interconnected world,” said Joshua Edmonds, the City of Detroit’s Director of Digital Inclusion and the Chief Advocate for Connect 313. “From understanding the basics of software programs, to social media and how to operate a device, this free, online curriculum will help level the playing field for every Detroiter.” 

Joshua Edmonds, the City of Detroit’s Director of Digital Inclusion and the Chief Advocate for Connect 313 / Lasco Press Photo

Locations

The following organizations, and their locations, were selected from a list of more than 40 applicants to become Connect 313 neighborhood tech hubs. They are expected to open by the end of the year. 

Each of these tech hubs will receive grant support ensuring they are furnished with access to computers, high-speed internet, digital literacy programming capabilities, and other essential technology tools. They will also provide critical in-person technology support and guidance.

About the Rocket Mortgage Classic 

The Rocket Mortgage Classic made history in 2019 as the first PGA TOUR event ever held in the city of Detroit and has continued to make a positive and lasting impact on the city and its residents through its multi-year Changing the Course campaign, established in 2020 to end the digital divide in Detroit and ensure digital accessibility for all city residents.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic was the most awarded event during the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, being recognized for “Best Special Event” (then known as the AREA 313 Celebrity Challenge) and “Best Tournament Sales” as well as being honored with the first “Fair Way Award” for its diversity and inclusion initiatives. More information is available at RocketMortgageClassic.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@RocketClassic). 

About Rocket Mortgage

Detroit-based Rocket Mortgage, the nation’s largest home mortgage lender and part of Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT), enables the American Dream of homeownership and financial freedom through its obsession with an industry-leading, digital-driven client experience. In late 2015, it introduced the first fully digital, completely online mortgage experience. Rocket Mortgage closed $351 billion dollars of mortgage volume across all 50 states in 2021.

Rocket Mortgage moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010. The company generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland, and Phoenix and operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit. Rocket Mortgage ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction for mortgage servicing by J.D. Power for the past eight straight years, 2014 – 2021.

Rocket Companies, Rocket Mortgage’s parent company, ranked #7 on Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2022 and has placed in the top third of the list for 19 consecutive years.

For more information and company news visit RocketMortgage.com/PressRoom.

About the Connect 313 Fund 

The Connect 313 Fund was formed in 2020 to coordinate and support city-wide digital inclusion efforts with a data-driven, community-based philosophy. It was launched at the Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA TOUR event as part of the tournament’s “Changing the Course” initiative.

Through the contributions of Rocket Mortgage and other tournament partners, the Connect 313 Fund was developed to support the strategy of Connect 313. The Connect 313 Fund is administered by United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

For more information visit https://connect313.org