First Step

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Welcome to First Step, a video series featuring athletes engaging the communities most affected by today’s social issues, from education and unemployment, to child hunger and homelessness among LGBTQ youth. In this fifth installment, PGA TOUR member Tony Finau takes a first step to aid Pacific Islanders in the challenges they face.


A lot of people think I’m Indian or that I’m from South America. And when I tell people I’m from Tonga, they don’t know where that is. As a Pacific Islander, I know I’m different.

Last year, I started my own foundation. We’re trying to inspire and empower people to know that situations can change. I hope to reach as many people as I can. We all have a different story but we’re connected as one through our culture. We have each other, and we can make a change. It starts from the ground up. I’m happy to come back to where I know my roots are.