Professional golfer Stacy Lewis was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant in February, but she also knew that the time she’d have to take off from the LPGA tour would come at a serious financial cost. Normally, Lewis told Golfweek, sponsorship deals are tied to the number of tournaments a player participates in — so if she doesn’t compete, she also loses her main source of income.
“In our sport you don’t get paid unless you play,” Lewis explained. “Take away tournaments, you take away income from both sides. That money is not guaranteed unless you play. For a lot of people who are thinking about starting a family, that’s a deal-breaker.”
But in a rare, and hopefully trendsetting, move, representatives from one of her biggest sponsors, financial services company KPMG, called her to let her know that they had heard about her pregnancy and that they would pay her the full value of her contract — regardless of how many tournaments she competed in.
“They see me as a member of their team and their family and they wanted to treat me like any other female in their organization that has a baby,” said Lewis. “Which I was pretty blown away by, shocked to get that phone call really.”
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