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LIV Golf Unleashes Potential in Houston Community

group shot during the Bukers in Bagdad Clinic with Founder and President, Joe Hanna, Captain Phil Mickelson, Andy Ogletree, Cameron Tringale and Brendan Steele of HyFlyers GC during the practice round

LIV Golf’s innovative “Potential, Unleashed” initiative showcases how the power of golf can uplift communities and create lasting positive impacts.

The Houston community recently experienced this firsthand during the LIV Golf Houston tournament, held from June 7-9 at the Golf Club of Houston.

This initiative, part of LIV Golf’s comprehensive impact and sustainability strategy, emphasises community support, environmental stewardship, and diversity through a range of impactful programs and events.

  • LIV to Learn: Provides educational opportunities and skills development for young people lacking access, helping them realize their potential.
  • Transform the Game: Offers paid training programs, creating employment pathways in the golf industry, especially for those from traditionally excluded communities.
  • LIV Green: Focuses on sustainable events and finding ways to reduce golf’s environmental impact.
  • The Way We LIV: Ensures sustainable event delivery, diversity, equity, and inclusion, supporting local communities where LIV Golf operates.

Houston Embraces “Potential, Unleashed”

During the LIV Golf Houston event, held June 7-9 at the Golf Club of Houston, the league’s stars dedicated their time to various community initiatives.

From supporting military families to aiding those battling cancer, these athletes made a significant impact.

Notable participants included Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Kevin Na, Joaquin Niemann, and individual champion Carlos Ortiz.

Their efforts extended beyond the course, supporting local disaster relief efforts and engaging with various service organizations.

4Aces GC and Austin & Friends: A Heartwarming Experience

Children With Disabilities With Austin & Friends

The 4Aces GC, featuring Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Harold Varner III, and Pat Perez, hosted a memorable event for children with disabilities from the Austin & Friends Foundation.

This foundation, created by Jason Alexander, a PGA of America professional, supports parents of special needs children and organizes outings to create lasting memories.

“What a wonderful experience we enjoyed with the 4Aces GC with Austin and his amazing ‘Friends’.”

“LIV Golf allowed our group of special needs kids to meet and spend time with Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, and Harold Varner III.”

“They gave the kids hugs, asked about their interests, met their parents, talked golf, signed autographs, and made a lifetime’s worth of memories for these magical kids to take home with them.”

“LIV Golf is a special league that truly makes an impact in every community they are in.”

“Austin & Friends is so very fortunate to have spent time with LIV Golf and its players.” – Jason Alexander, Austin & Friends Founder and ProShow Host

Stinger GC’s Support for Sunshine Kids and MD Anderson Cancer Centre

Stinger GC, including Louis Oosthuizen, Dean Burmester, Brandon Grace, and Charl Schwartzel, invited children from the Sunshine Kids Foundation to the tournament.

The foundation, which provides activities for children with cancer, benefited from donations made for each birdie the team achieved across three tournaments.

The funds were used to purchase screening vouchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center, supporting women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Iron Heads GC “Green Up” Hermann Park

On June 4, Iron Heads GC hosted an event at Hermann Park Golf Course to promote environmental stewardship.

Teaming up with local groups like Journey Through 18 and Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, the event involved filling divots, picking up trash, and repairing the greens.

Participants, including youth from Trill Golf, also received team merchandise and tickets to the tournament.

“It was an amazing event! Trill Golf thanks the Iron Heads team for helping us ‘Green Up’ Hermann Park and spending time with local junior golfers.

The kids from Journey Through 18 and other local junior golfers had a blast at the hands-on golf clinic and loved every moment with Team Iron Heads.” – Chris Gandy, Trill Golf Co-Founder

Torque GC and the Sports Authority Foundation: Empowering the Youth

Sports Authority Foundation and Angel by Nature,

Torque GC, featuring Joaquin Niemann, Carlos Ortiz, Sebastián Muñoz, and Mito Pereira, collaborated with the Sports Authority Foundation and Angel by Nature to host a special event for young people, including those with unique abilities.

This event featured golf activities and a sustainability discussion by the Houston Parks Board.

“It is an honour to partner with LIV Golf and its players to support the Sports Authority Foundation’s adapted sports programming.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our Abilities in Motion athletes to play with the pros and enjoy a thrilling golf weekend.

Through ongoing support like this, the Sports Authority Foundation can continue to create accessible sporting opportunities for our community and grow our programming throughout the region.” – John Coppins, Harris County, Houston Sports Authority Sr. Director of Events

LIV Golf Houston: Disaster Relief and Community Engagement

Ahead of the tournament, LIV Golf donated to Angel by Nature, a non-profit organization founded by Houston rapper Trae tha Truth, supporting flood response and recovery efforts in Houston.

This organization repairs homes and runs programs for underserved youth, promoting community involvement and leadership.

“It is truly an honour and a blessing to know help doesn’t go unnoticed. I was shocked at the donation LIV Golf gave to my organisation.

This will make our efforts even bigger and can assist many more people with the work being done. It is hurricane season and now it’s also tornado season for us; we will be active like always and continue to be there for those in need with boots on the ground.

This donation shows LIV Golf truly cares about helping the Houston community and Angel By Nature.” – Trae tha Truth, Angel by Nature Founder

HyFlyers GC and Bunkers in Baghdad: Supporting the Military

4Aces GC, featuring Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Harold Varner III, Pat Perez and David Feherty

HyFlyers GC, featuring Phil Mickelson, Andy Ogletree, Cameron Tringale, and Brendan Steele, partnered with Bunkers in Baghdad to support the military.

They hosted local youths to discuss golf’s positive impact on the armed forces and participated in activities to support deployed soldiers. The team also collected golf ball donations to send overseas.

“Establishing this partnership with Pro Golf Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson, his wife Amy, and the great golfers on the HyFlyers presents an exceptional opportunity for Bunkers in Baghdad to make a significant impact not only on the lives of our brave men and women by sending them gifts from home, but also for their children.

We were delighted to spend time with these wonderful Houston-area military families representing all branches of our military through our ‘Bunkers Buddies’ program to collaborate on sending personalised messages to our troops overseas and here at home.

In planting this seed with the next generation about the importance of kindness and service to others, we can instil in our children the very values our troops embody.

We are truly honoured to be part of this phenomenal partnership.” – Joseph M. Hanna, Bunkers in Baghdad President.

Smash GC’s “Smash for Success” Scholarship

Smash GC Team

Smash GC, including Brooks Koepka, Talor Gooch, Graeme McDowell, and Jason Kokrak, awarded its first “Smash for Success” scholarship at LIV Golf Houston.

Isaac Westbrook, the scholarship recipient, enjoyed a VIP experience at the tournament, including playing in the pro-am alongside Talor Gooch.

“It’s just incredible when someone does something for your child, it just speaks to your heart. He loves golf, he’s always loved golf, so for this to happen is just a dream come true.” – Christi Westbrook, Isaac’s mother

“It’s unbelievable. When he put in for it, we had no idea that he would even have a chance to get it. We’re very blessed and very appreciative.

Everybody has been so wonderful and I’m just so happy for him that he got to experience this today.” – Mac Westbrook, Isaac’s father

A Legacy of Giving

LIV Golf’s “Potential, Unleashed” initiative showcases the league’s commitment to giving back, supporting communities, and promoting sustainability.

From educational opportunities to disaster relief, LIV Golf continues to make a positive impact wherever they play, truly unleashing potential in every sense.

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