Access to technology, and internet and digital literacy resources in Detroit are expected to increase through investments made from an annual golf event.
The Connect 313 Fund will focus on collecting accurate neighborhood-level data on technology and internet access, building and supporting neighborhood technology hubs, and empowering residents to become neighborhood digital literacy ambassadors, according to officials with the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The fund was developed in partnership with the city and private and nonprofit organizations. It is part of the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s “Changing the Course” initiative.
Initial funding for Connect 313 will come from the Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA Tour event scheduled July 2-5 at the Detroit Golf Club, donations from viewers and pledges from a Rocket Mortgage golf challenge.
Rocket Mortgage is the PGA Tour event’s title sponsor.
The Changing the Course initiative also will benefit the Children’s Foundation, Detroit Police Athletic League, First Tee of Greater Detroit, Midnight Golf, the Detroit Golf Club and seven neighborhoods around the golf club and Palmer Park area in Detroit.
“Our overriding mission has always been, and will always be, to use this event as a way to effect positive change in the city of Detroit,” said Jason Langwell, the event’s executive director.
The inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic was last year in Detroit.