Maria Fassi’s Foundation Dream Becomes Reality
ROGERS, Ark. – Some things are bigger than golf, and that mentality shines through Maria Fassi off the course at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.
It has always been Fassi’s dream to start a foundation and her motivation hits close to home. Her cousin, Josefina Gomez, has brain paralysis and is mute and deaf. Over six years ago, Gomez watched Fassi play at a tournament in Mexico, and so began a desire to learn the game. Gomez has continued playing golf and learning more about her cousin’s profession, and Fassi hopes that through the Maria Fassi Foundation and clinics titled ‘Fassi’s Friends’ that anyone who wants to learn the game has the opportunity to do so.
“It’s cool to see how her playing has also impacted the community around her and the people at the golf course where she practices,” said Fassi. “I know it’s done a lot of good for her, for others, for her family. So that was kind of the reason why I wanted to do something similar, because I know how many kids maybe want to play the game and feel like they’re not welcome or they don’t have the opportunity to do it.
“I just wanted to make sure that everybody feels like they have a spot at the Maria Fassi Foundation and with the Fassi’s Friends clinic to come, have fun, enjoy themselves, and while they’re at it, just play some golf as well.”
Fassi, a University of Arkansas alum, held her first clinic on Wednesday night at Topgolf in Rogers, Ark., which she admitted was an emotional night. Seeing her dream come to fruition in a community she calls home has provided her a “bigger purpose” not only this week at Pinnacle Country Club but for the foreseeable future.
“This is only my third season on tour and I’m already starting a foundation. There is a lot going on to make it happen. There is a lot of work, and maybe it could be said that I should be focusing on golf or whatever,” said Fassi. “I know personally, I just needed something bigger than myself to play for, and I know now I have that extra motivation to raise awareness and of course, money for the kids that are going to be part of the clinic.
“I think it could be very, very good for my career, because I am definitely happier than I’ve ever been, and I have a bigger purpose than I ever have.”