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World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play generates more than $1.1 million for charity
AUSTIN, Texas – Tournament officials announced today in a ceremony at the First Tee of Greater Austin that the 2018 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship generated more than $1.1 million for five Austin-based organizations—Austin Parks Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, The First Tee of Greater Austin and national chapters, Helping Hand Home for Children, and Keep Austin Beautiful.
“This year’s charitable donation recipients are vital to making Austin a place where everyone can thrive, and it is truly an honor to help them accomplish their missions,” said Allison Dew, chief marketing officer, Dell Technologies. “The impact will be far-reaching, from building new play spaces and advancing STEM education, to expanding access to after-school programs and bringing new cultural experiences to children around the city. At Dell Technologies, we believe in driving human progress and this is exactly what Match Play enables.”
Officials also announced the launch of ticket sales for the public to the 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play as defending champion Bubba Watson returns to Austin Country Club to defend his title on March 27-31, 2019.
For the first time in 2019, daily ground tickets ($120-150 plus fees and taxes) will be available to purchase for spectators for each day of the tournament. Weekly grounds tickets ($405 plus taxes and fees) will remain on sale, but with total onsite attendance again limited to 10,000 per day (Wednesday, March 27 - Sunday, March 31), daily and weekly grounds tickets are expected to sell out quickly for a fourth consecutive year.
“When our fans talk, we listen, and we heard the desire for a daily ticket offering and are excited about the opportunity to bring this benefit to them for the first time in 2019 while still providing a great price for our weekly ticket offering,” said Jordan Uppleger, executive director of the Dell Technologies Match Play. “The support from the Austin community over the last three years has been amazing, and we expect another quick sell out as we continue to expand our contributions to youth learning initiatives in the area through the proceeds from this tournament.”
Dell Technologies is dedicated to using the charitable proceeds from the Dell Technologies Match Play to encourage improved health, wellness, resiliency, and academic achievement that will have a measurable and lasting impact on Austin area youth. The Dell Technologies Match Play has contributed more than $3.2 million to charities in its first three years in Austin and has generated more than $18 million for charity since its inception (including past locations and title sponsors), part of the more than $60 million raised for global charities since the advent of the World Golf Championships series in 1999.
"Thanks so much to Dell Technologies and the PGA TOUR for bringing a world-class event to Austin that generates much-needed community benefits, such as key funding for local youth development activities,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
As a result of the contributions from the Dell Technologies Match Play, the five local charitable beneficiaries have achieved transformative results in the community, including:
• Austin Parks Foundation – Is building a brand new playscape next month at St. John Park, where there is currently an empty field, in addition to having constructed three new fitness stations along the ½ mile trail at Colony District Park.
• Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area -- Provided the opportunity to give more than 200 Club members in the highest-need areas of Austin access to fun, safe and constructive afterschool activities and invested in a new state-of-the-art STEM learning center scheduled to open in early 2019 as part of BGCAA’s new Home Club.
• The First Tee of Greater Austin – Introduced 3,500 students to golf and life skills curriculum and have enrolled five local elementary schools in the First Tee’s National School Program to reach an additional 2,900 students during regular physical education classes. Funds have also assisted with much needed improvements to the Harvey Penick Golf Campus, which serves as the primary classroom for year-round after school and camp programs.
• Helping Hand Home for Children – Provided 400 additional enrichment activities for children in residential treatment, including field trips and special outings, and added a physical education coach during Summer Camp. Additionally, facilitated adoptions have increased 46 percent over the past year, thanks in part to tournament funding which has supported additional services for foster and adoptive families.
• Keep Austin Beautiful – Helped coordinate more than 1,000 cleanup and beautification projects annually. Specifically, at LBJ High School, tournament proceeds are funding Green Teens, volunteers, students, teachers, administrators and neighbors to use native landscaping to create new open spaces and outdoor recreation areas on campus.
More information on the local charity beneficiaries:
Austin Parks Foundation – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Austin and Travis County by strengthening the region’s parks system, which spans more than 29,000 acres. A nonprofit established in 1992, APF fills the city’s funding and resource gap needed to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s 300+ parks, trails and green spaces. APF fosters innovative public/private partnerships and since 2006, has given over $2.5 million in community-initiated grants in service to the greater Austin community. APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, please visit www.austinparks.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) is Austin’s leading youth development agency currently serving more than 11,000 kids across 33 locations each year. 2017 marked BGCAA’s 50th year in the Austin area, a benchmark measured by thousands of local youth success stories. Club youth participate in high-impact development programs that, when compared to non-club youth, result in better school attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates and a higher likelihood of attending college. Through support from local individuals, businesses and BGCAA Staff, Club youth are given the tools and opportunities to create great futures. For more information, please visit bgcaustin.org.
The First Tee of Greater Austin - The First Tee of Greater Austin (TFTGA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 thefirstteeaustin.org.
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, on-site 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 helpinghandhome.org.
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 public spaces, lending community resources, and providing hands-on education. More than 20,000 Keep Austin Beautiful volunteers commit 60,000 hours to cleaning and beautifying Austin each year, and more than 11,000 youth receive environmental education and training through Keep Austin Beautiful programming. For more information, please visit keepaustinbeautiful.org.
World’s best return to Austin in March
The top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking will once again descend upon Austin in March 2019 to square off in a rare match-play format. The Dell Technologies 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 Technologies Match Play will see players like Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and defending champion Bubba Watson in the field.
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