The true impact is what the tournament has done for the Houston community. While generating millions in economic impact, over $62M alone has been raised for children’s charities through the tournament and its year-round related activities. That money has supported well over an estimated 1 million children in the Houston community.
The golf theatre is spectacular and the community support is extraordinary. The quarter century partnership forged between the Houston Golf Association and Shell allowed for the rapid growth of the tournament and positive impact on the Houston community.
What has the Shell Houston Open Helped to Achieve?
- The First Tee of Greater Houston added nearly 100,000 new participants due to funds raised from the 2016 tournament. Now the largest The First Tee chapter in the worldwide network serving more than 300,00 youth annually, The First Tee of Greater Houston offers programming in 455 elementary schools in 29 school districts, classes at nine green grass facilities and partner youth organizations.
- Programming and new facilities at Chinquapin Prep were funded – providing inner city youth with opportunities to gain acceptance and scholarships to attend top-tier colleges.
- The local chapter of the Cenikor Foundation, Inc. has helped thousands of people win the fight against addiction to become productive citizens.
- Project Joy and Hope has given thousands of families a place to live without added financial stress while caring for their children with life-limiting conditions.
- HGA Junior Golf offered participants ages 7-18 an affordable path to grow in the game and become more competitive.
- The Houston Golf Association had the financial stability to pursue a municipal golf initiative – a program aimed at saving/improving Houston’s public golf courses for the enjoyment of all. Shell directed funding to Houston Golf Association’s restoration of Gus Wortham Park Golf Course, which will provide the East End with a new community center at the course.