ROUND ROCK, Texas– Dell and the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play today announced that Austin-based charities Austin Parks Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, The First Tee of Greater Austin, Helping Hand Home for Children and Keep Austin Beautiful will be the local charity beneficiaries from the tournament’s overall charitable contributions to be distributed following the 2016 event. The world’s best golfers will be on display at Austin Country Club for the Dell Match Play on March 23-27, 2016.
Dell is dedicated to using the charitable proceeds from the tournament to encourage improved health, wellness, resiliency and academic achievement that will have a measurable and lasting impact on the community’s youth.
“Dell believes that technology has always been about enabling human potential—enabling people to grow and thrive,” said Trisa Thompson, vice president of Corporate Responsibility, Dell. “Developing that potential in future generations is why we believe in and support Youth Learning as the core of our corporate giving strategy. By bringing the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play to Austin, we will build on the strength of Dell’s Youth Learning Initiative to expand access to outdoor activities that support youth development and education in underserved communities. Research shows that kids who are active are healthier and do better in school.”
The Dell Match Play is one in a series of four World Golf Championships events held each season on the PGA TOUR. Since 1999, these four events have combined to generate more than $50 million in charity. In addition to supporting The First Tee on a national level, the Dell Match Play will generate funds for the named Austin charities.
“We are thrilled to be among the charity partners for the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play tournament,” said Colin Wallis, executive director of Austin Parks Foundation. “For 24 years, we have worked to ensure Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces are developed and maintained to serve the needs of our community and that the needs of parks and all park users are equitably met. The health benefits of public parks are undeniable and we are excited to work in collaboration with the tournament to invest in projects that will improve the quality of life for young people in Travis County.”
The top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking will come to Austin in nearly two months as the best players from around the globe square off in a rare match-play format. The Dell Match Play field annually consists of the very best players from around the world from all Tours. It is a given that fans attending the Dell Match Play will see players like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott in the field.
“The Austin area has shown great support for the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play from day one,” said Tournament Director Jordan Uppleger. “We are thrilled to have such wonderful community organizations to partner with as we approach the tournament. Making a positive impact in communities where PGA TOUR tournaments are held and players live has always been an essential element of the TOUR’s charitable mission.”
Other Charitable Beneficiaries
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area is Austin’s leading youth development agency devoted to providing hope and opportunity to all kids, especially those who need us most, between the ages of 6 and 18. With 23 Clubs in Austin, the organization helps 12,000 kids each year (and over 1,700 each day) grow into healthy responsible, caring young adults. With a high concentration of children from limited economic resources, BGCAA is ideally positioned to assist youth in improving their educational and social skills, physical health and fitness and emotional well-being. For more information, please visit http://www.bgcaustin.org.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin is thrilled and excited to be part of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play. For more than two decades, Dell has partnered with us to provide life-changing services and programs for kids from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Travis County,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area CEO, Mark Kiester. “Thanks to Dell’s long-time support, together we are providing kids with hope and opportunity for GREAT futures via evidence-based, impactful and proven programs aimed at Healthy Lifestyles, Character and Good Citizenship, and Academic Success. We look forward to working with Dell and other tournament partners on this national, high profile event showcasing America’s greatest communities.”
The First Tee of Greater Austin – The First Tee of Greater Austin (TFTGA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit youth development organization dedicated to providing young people with educational programs to build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Founded in 1999, the chapter has served thousands of area youth through educational programs. Sports, specifically the game of golf, provide a platform to encourage core values and healthy choices. First Tee participants learn about Nine Core Values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment) and how to apply them to life skills and transfer the positive values of golf to everyday life. For more information, please visit http://www.thefirstteeaustin.org.
“Words cannot describe how excited we are at The First Tee of Greater Austin to be a part of the 2016 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play,” said The First Tee of Greater Austin’s Executive Director, Jennifer MacCurrach. “Being involved in this event will bring so many new opportunities for our kids and programs. We greatly appreciate Dell’s work in bringing attention to community initiatives like ours that promote healthy habits, character education, and lifetime sports.”
Helping Hand Home for Children – Since 1893, Helping Hand Home has transformed the lives of thousands of children by providing a nurturing and therapeutic home for those who have suffered unimaginable abuse and neglect. Its goal is to protect and restore the lives of victimized children so that those without hope may reclaim their futures. Through its Residential Treatment Center, onsite charter school and a growing Foster and Adoption Program, Helping Hand Home for Children combines loving care, professional treatment and innovative services that deliver real results. For more information, please visit http://helpinghandhome.org.
“Helping Hand Home for Children is honored to be part of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play tournament in Austin, Texas,” said Ted Keyser, executive director at Helping Hand Home. “Support received from this meaningful partnership will allow us to continue providing a safe and nurturing home, individualized therapy, education and foster and adoption services to severely abused and neglected children in Texas. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity to raise awareness around our mission to protect and heal Austin’s most vulnerable children. It is an honor for us to partner with Dell and its many employees who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Central Texas children.”
Keep Austin Beautiful – Keep Austin Beautiful’s mission is to provide resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities. The non-profit service organization’s programs beautify, clean and protect the Austin environment through physical improvements to the local environment, community resources, and hands-on education. More than 20,000 people volunteer their time each year, committing 60,000 hours to cleaning and beautifying Austin, and environmental education is provided to 11,000 youth annually through Keep Austin Beautiful programs and events. For more information, please visit http://keepaustinbeautiful.org.
“We treasure our long-term relationship with Dell and are thrilled to be a part of the World Golf Championships–Dell Match Play coming to Austin this year,” said Keep Austin Beautiful Executive Director, Rodney Ahart. “Nurturing environmental consciousness among young people, especially in underserved communities, is integral to our mission, and Dell’s support has been critical to our work. We look forward to amplifying our efforts thanks to Dell bringing this incredible tournament to our hometown.”
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About the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play
In 2016, the Dell Match Play will be the third of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours on the PGA TOUR schedule. The other World Golf Championships include the Cadillac Championship (Doral, Fla.), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). The Dell Match Play is broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. The tournament has generated more than $15 million for charity since its inception, part of the more than $50 million raised for global charities since the advent of the World Golf Championships