Charitable Missions


The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship – established in October 2001 as a biennial Olympic like golf event where 20 countries from six continents are represented by their two best amateur men and women players. These "stars of tomorrow” compete for Olympic like medals and have an international village living experience at Camp Olympia, located adjacent to Whispering Pines Golf Club. Over 50 tournament sponsors underpin The Spirit and over 400 volunteers support tournament operations to make it the finest amateur golf event in the world.

Houston/Harris County Immunization Registry - is a countywide immunization record system for Houston-area children. Houston is rated very low among major urban areas for percentage of children receiving immunizations. This is not due to a lack of availability, but to a lack of comprehensive, readily available immunization records for many children. Consequently, many children do not receive the vaccinations they need, or they receive unnecessary duplicate vaccinations. The WHGA since 2000 has raised over $700,000 to support the HHCIR.

The First Tee Program – a national effort by the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA, Augusta National, and PGA of America to create affordable and accessible golf facilities with an emphasis on serving kids who have not had access or exposure to the game. The Whispering Pines program involves 1,000 fifth-graders annually from Houston’s inner-city school district (HISD) that attend a four-day outdoors education program at Camp Olympia. A dedicated practice facility and three-hole, par three beginner’s course at Whispering Pines provide a perfect learning center. The great benefit to these children is exposing them to a game that has the ability to instill essential values such as honesty, discipline, concentration, imagination and good sportsmanship.

Medical Bridges, Inc. - a non-profit organization dedicated to procuring medical and surgical supplies for donation to qualified providers of charitable medical care in developing countries. In our 8 year history we have sent over $30 million worth of medical supplies and equipment to 76 different countries.

Baylor College of MedicineTeen Clinic and Web Base Program - This program became a new WHGA charity recipient in 2008.  The contribution to support the Teen Health Clinic program in Houston and a major development grant for a web based educational outreach program focused on sexually transmitted infections and HIV.  The website will be innovative and informative to reduce STI's and HIV among adolescents.
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