FedEx, Junior Achievement launch 3rd season of FedEx Junior Business Challenge

By Updated: May 21, 2019 10:45 PM CT | Published: May 21, 2019 9:33 PM CT

FedEx and Junior Achievement Worldwide on Wednesday, May 22, will commence the third season of the FedEx Junior Business Challenge during the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth.

Young entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a celebrity judging panel. The Challenge winner will take home a $75,000 donation to their JA chapter from FedEx during finals at the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta Aug. 21.

FedEx and Junior Achievement launched the challenge in 2017.

“Our collaboration with the PGA TOUR and JA Worldwide provides us with a great opportunity to use golf as a platform to support the next generation of entrepreneurs through the FedEx Junior Business Challenge,” said Patrick Fitzgerald of FedEx. Fitzgerald is the Memphis-based company's senior vice president, Integrated Marketing and Communications.

“Year after year, JA students have shared innovative and forward-thinking business concepts, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this time around,” Fitzgerald said in a release.

Other qualifying events will be held at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, June 18, and the 3M Open, Blaine, Minnesota, July 2.

Wednesday’s qualifier will feature Dallas Cowboys legend DeMarcus Ware and three-time PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer among the judges.

FedEx has donated nearly $16 million since 1996 to JA Worldwide to support small businesses and young entrepreneurs. The Challenge has donated more than $200,000 to JA chapters in two years.

“For the past two years, the FedEx Junior Business Challenge has provided JA students an experience to hone their presentation skills and demonstrate the curiosity, collaboration and innovative thinking that goes into the development of their company concepts,” said Asheesh Advani, CEO, JA Worldwide. “We’re excited that the program is back for a third season and continues to expand into new markets across the country.”

Brian Oliver, executive vice president of Corporate Partnerships for the PGA Tour, said, “The FedEx Junior Business Challenge is something that has had a positive impact on both our tournaments and players, and we are excited to see what innovative business ideas are presented by the ambitious JA students this year.”

FedEx is a title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational PGA Tour event scheduled at TPC Southwind in Memphis July 22-28.


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