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This year, Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo Championship proudly celebrate 10 years of supporting education in the Charlotte, N.C., region. Since the tournament’s inception in 2003, Teach For America has been the event’s primary charitable
beneficiary, receiving more than $8 million in tournament proceeds to support its
national and local efforts to expand educational opportunities.
Over the past three years, Wells Fargo has extended its support of education through
the development of ReadingAbovePar®, a community program designed to promote
the importance of childhood reading literacy to Charlotte-area school children in an
engaging way. During the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship, PGA TOUR® players J.J. Henry
and Chad Campbell visited Charlotte’s Hidden Valley Elementary School to read aloud to
a classroom of students and answer questions about golf.
Henry encouraged students to set their sights high and dream big dreams. As a child,
he watched professional golf on television and dreamed of joining the professional
ranks. With hard work and determination—plus the value of honesty, integrity and
sportsmanship learned from golf and his parents—he achieved his dream.
To commemorate the 10-year anniversary, Wells Fargo teamed with the Charlotte
chapter of The First Tee to make this year’s Reading Above Par program even bigger.
A World Golf Foundation initiative, The First Tee seeks to impact the lives of young
people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing
values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Wells Fargo volunteers worked with Charlotte-area First Tee students weekly with the
goal of completing this year’s Reading Above Par curriculum before tournament week.
Students who fulfilled their reading requirements will get to meet several PGA TOUR
players at a final reading event and a hands-on golf skills clinic during tournament week.
The Reading Above Par program finds inspiration in Wells Fargo’s Reading First®
campaign, which has sent volunteer readers to classrooms for 15 years. Since its start
in 1997, Reading First has provided more than 1 million books to classroom libraries.
A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY IMPACT
The Wells Fargo Championship
benefits the Charlotte area in
many ways, including:
l Annual proceeds will continue to be donated to Teach For America
and local non-profit organizations.
Last year, totals were $550,000 and over $1.1 million, respectively.
l Since the inaugural Wells Fargo
Championship in 2003, proceeds
totaling $13.5 million have been donated to many local and
l The tournament has assisted
the Levine Children’s Hospital, The First Tee of Charlotte, the
YMCA, regional military personnel,
the Boy Scouts of America and many other local organizations.
The event also has been a leader
in collecting and processing
l The tournament provides a significant economic boost to the
Charlotte-area economy, about
$50 million annually.