The Wyndham Championship has been creating significant charitable impact throughout our community since 1938. We’re honored to play a part in Wyndham Worldwide’s mission to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in the communities where we live, work and play. And we’re honored to support America’s heroes by offering complimentary admission to active military personnel and family with valid identification.
Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation – Official Charitable Partner:
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 its corporate social responsibility program and mission of “Traveling Together for a Better World.” The Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation focus is to enrich the lives of children around the world in areas of education, wellness and conservation. The foundation supports its signature charities as well as numerous global, national and local nonprofit organizations including the American Junior Golf Association Ace Grant, the Piedmont Triad Partnership and local food banks in the Greensboro community. It supports its goals through in-kind donations, volunteer hours and by raising awareness and funds for organizations related to this mission. This commitment has extended to the Wyndham Championship, where philanthropy has always been a central focus through charitable donations, special events and spectator participation.
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Birdies Fore Backpacks – Official Charity
A 2015 Gallup poll listed the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina as the nation’s No. 1 area in which people struggle to get food. As part of its 75th anniversary celebration in 2014, the Wyndham Championship, in conjunction with the Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation, launched a new charitable initiative called “Birdies Fore Backpacks.” Through the “Birdies Fore Backpacks” program, individuals and corporations make one-time donations or pledges of a certain amount for every birdie made by PGA TOUR professionals during official tournament play at the Wyndham Championship. Funds from the program support 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organizations throughout the Piedmont Triad that provide backpacks of food for children in need. In 2014, Birdies Fore Backpacks raised some $200,000 to help organizations that provide backpacks full of nutritious food for food-insecure children. Tournament attendees can visit the Birdies Fore Backpacks tent and spend some time packing backpacks for hungry children.
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The First Tee of the Triad
The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices 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 is one of 204 chapters operating some 1,000 golf programming locations in all 50 states and four foreign countries with more than 10 million participants. More than 7,000 elementary schools participate in The First Tee National School Program. The First Tee of the Triad is currently operating at 15 facilities throughout central North Carolina and southern Virginia. 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; he succeeds his father, former president George H.W. Bush, who served as the The First Tee’s Honorary Chairman since the organization’s inception in 1997 and now serves as the Honorary Chair Emeritus.
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The Kevin Harvick Foundation
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.
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Piedmont Triad Partnership
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 economic development organization has three primary goals: developing an aerotropolis around Piedmont Triad International Airport, identifying and preparing a 1,000+ acre megasite for development and fostering opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation. The Piedmont Triad Partnership is a key player in the transformation of the region. 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.
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American Junior Golf Association
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.
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The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership
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 more than 8,000 public school students per year.
Learn more about The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership.