The Wyndham Championship supports Wyndham Worldwide’s mission to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in the communities where we live, work and play.
As the PGA TOUR makes its 74th annual stop in the Piedmont Triad for the 2013 Wyndham Championship, the tournament is proud to support the following charities.
The Wyndham Championship also honors America’s heroes by offering complimentary admission to active military personnel and family with valid identification.
Wyndham Worldwide is one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, serving millions of guests every year and providing memorable vacation experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Supporting those communities across the globe is a core value of Wyndham Worldwide, which is best reflected by the Wishes by Wyndham philanthropic foundation. With a focus on improving the lives of children, Wishes by Wyndham supports three signature charities, as well as numerous not-for-profit organizations on the local, national, and global level, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Autism Speaks. Starlight Children’s Foundation, Serious Fun, and Christel House International each have been a signature charity of Wishes by Wyndham for the past six years, with Wyndham Worldwide and its associates and business partners providing annual support through a wide range of fund raising and volunteer programs and initiatives. This commitment has extended to the Wyndham Championship, where philanthropy has always been a central focus through special events and spectator participation.
During the 2012 Wyndham Championship, Wishes by Wyndham contributed over $475,000 to its signature charities and numerous local not-for-profits in the Greensboro, NC region, including a $100,000 donation to Victory Junction, the second annual winner of the “Charity of Choice” campaign, a $1 million commitment to The First Tee program over the next five years, of which 40 percent dedicated to the local Greensboro community, the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which works to improve the quality of children’s lives and help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams and the PGA TOUR Wives Association, which was organized to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families. Wishes by Wyndham captures the passion and commitment of the Wyndham Worldwide associates, leadership, and business partners to make lasting, meaningful contributions in the communities where we operate, enabling the Company to deliver on its core values and bring to life its Count On Me! service culture to our customers and communities around the world.
Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty, in honor of their son Adam, Victory Junction proudly opened its doors in June of 2004. After participating in a motorcycle ride to Camp Boggy Creek in Florida in 1999, the Petty family felt inspired to build a camp in North Carolina. Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Victory Junction operates solely on the donations of corporations, organizations and individuals. Children that attend Victory Junction would not otherwise be able to attend a camp because of their medical needs. Victory Junction is a year-round camp that serves children, ages 7 to 15, with a variety of health issues. During the summer the camp offers week-long disease-specific sessions with up to 125 kids per session. During the fall, winter and spring the camp offers family weekends with up to 32 families per weekend.
The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.” The goal of The First Tee is to provide the golf-learning facilities and the experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime. The First Tee of the Triad – with 11 locations throughout the region from Clemmons to Burlington – includes Winston Lake, Tanglewood Park and Salem Glen in Forsyth County as well as Gillespie Park, Greensboro National, Bur-Mil Park and Rick Murphy’s Golf Academy in Greensboro; Indian Valley in Burlington, Oak Hollow Golf Course in High Point, Jamestown Park and Iron Play Par-3 Links in Summerfield. The First Tee of the Triad is one of 198 chapters operating at some 709 facilities in all 50 states and five foreign countries with more than 7.6 million participants and some 12,000 actively-involved volunteers. More than 5,300 elementary schools also participate in the program. Founded by the World Golf Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The program is overseen and has the active support of committee members representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman; his father, former President George H.W. Bush is now the Honorary Chair Emeritas.
The mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation is to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. Established in 2010 by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the Kevin Harvick Foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but also to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams. The foundation supports programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield; a camper cabin at Victory Junction; Baptist Children’s Homes of NC; Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Kevin’s Krew. The Kevin Harvick Foundation Pro-Am is the first official event of the Wyndham Championship on Monday of tournament week.
Working to leverage the identity, resources and future of the Piedmont Triad Region as a world-class business location, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, an award-winning, private, non-profit economic development organization markets the 12-county region domestically and internationally. The Piedmont Triad Partnership is a key player in the transformation of the region. The Partnership is focused on strengthening the Region’s global competitiveness through the creation of high-skill, high-wage jobs. As a top-40 metro region in the United States, the Piedmont Triad is a dynamic region of more than 1.5 million residents and a labor force of approximately 820,000 workers. Geographically, it consists of twelve central North Carolina counties, including: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin. Regions have become the most important geographies in the global economy, where size and scale matter tremendously. No longer are cities and counties competing with one another for economic advantage. As a top 40-metro region in the United States, the Piedmont Triad has the collective size and aggregate assets to compete successfully in the global economy. With a regional population exceeding 1.5 million, the Piedmont Triad closely resembles Nashville, Austin, Salt Lake City, New Orleans and the Research Triangle metro areas.
The goal of the ACE Grant program is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources. This program helps fulfill the AJGA’s mission of developing young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. As an organization dedicated to the development of young men and women in their pursuit of college golf scholarships through competitive play, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has a strong history of success. By promoting the game of golf through more than 50 junior tournaments a year and donations to grassroots golf organizations in the area of these tournaments, the AGJA continues to make a lasting impression on the future of the sport of golf. The ACE Grant program provides financial aid to juniors who have the ability to play in AJGA events but lack the financial resources.
As a partnership of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, the Winston-Salem Foundation, the United Way and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Crosby Scholars Program is a nonprofit college access organization through which students begin to prepare academically, financially, and personally for successful college admission beginning as early as middle school. With a 20-year history of providing academic training, financial aid and college application workshops, advisory services, college tours, and Last Dollar Grant scholarships, Crosby Scholars now serves over 7,500 public school students per year.