Since 1974 the Houston Golf Association (HGA) has generated more than $64 million dollars for local charity. When the Shell Oil Company became title sponsor in 1992, more than $60 million of that total was raised through the Shell Houston Open and put to work in the community through HGA's charitable programs.Programming through The First Tee of Greater Houston heads that list. The Greater Houston chapter, which boasts the largest participant outreach of any of the 180 chapters in The First Tee's worldwide network, operates an in-school program, now in more than 20 school districts nearly 400 schools, where students are taught life lessons, the Nine Core Values, and Nine Healthy Habits through the game of golf. Through the use of the chapter's seven green grass facilities spread throughout the area, plus the other outreach initiatives, the programming is now reaching more than 260,000 young people annually.
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