Girls high-five in front of a mural
Girls at the Pace Center helped artist Nicole Holderbaum create a mural in the space. A second mural is slated for Pace’s Clay County location.
The grant from THE PLAYERS Championship Village will fund a three-year substance abuse pilot program in Northeast Florida 


THE PLAYERS Championship Village, Inc., (The Village) awarded Pace Center for Girls (Pace) a $2M grant to fund a three-year pilot program in North Florida to provide girls and their families substance abuse prevention and intervention services through Pace’s Reach therapy model.

Jim Marlier, Director of PLAYERS Championship Village, presented Pace Center for Girls with the $2 million grant.

The community-based model ensures girls and their families will have access to prevention, early intervention, case management and therapy, and other needed supports. The pilot, which was announced during October’s National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, has the potential to be replicated across the state of Florida and throughout the Southeast, further expanding the impact of the grant.  

“Pace’s unique model is backed by over three decades of experience in delivering evidence-based programming and demonstrating successful results and outcomes for the girls they serve,” said PGA TOUR Senior Vice President of Championship Management, Matt Rapp. “Our partnership with Pace upholds The Village’s history of combating substance abuse among young people in North Florida – and helping girls build a brighter future.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe negative effects on the mental health of girls and young women, and brought to light disparities in access to substance abuse prevention and intervention services,” said Mary Marx, president and CEO of Pace Center for Girls. “Through this pilot, we will be able to expand our services.”