Sure, we're all proud to have Rory McIlroy and 63 other phenomenal golfers come to town every February for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. It's a bona fide privilege for our community to host this event; our local economy benefits, too.
But what's really special about the Accenture Match Play is the money raised and distributed through the Tucson Conquistadores so our underserved youngsters have opportunities to participate in sports.
Since 1962, our organization has embraced a simple yet important mission: to support youth athletics in Southern Arizona. Through several different projects, and now primarily through our partnership with the PGA Tour, the Conquistadores have raised and distributed $26 million over the past five decades.
On behalf of the 200 members of the Tucson Conquistadores, thank you, Southern Arizona, for making a difference in our children's lives. Your support has enabled us to send kids to camps, provided special-needs Little Leaguers with their field of dreams, and helped shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf at The First Tee of Tucson.
The funds raised during the Accenture Match Play Championship are designated for Tucson Conquistadores' youth charities. Boys and Girls Clubs in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Nogales, Pima County Special Olympics, the Curtis Park Indoor Sports Center, Tucson and Pima County Junior Golf Programs are beneficiaries; teams and athletes in track and field, gymnastics, soccer, even junior rodeo are also helped when needs arise.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Tucson Conquistadores have partnered with Accenture and the PGA Tour to support the Accenture Match Play Championship. Local fans, visitors and hundreds of millions of viewers in 224 countries will watch the top 64 golfers compete at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain on Feb. 18-24.
Keeping this coveted event in Tucson must be a priority. The event rewards us by bringing tourists, capital and investment to Southern Arizona - the annual economic impact of this tournament is estimated to be $75 to $100 million.
The success of this event, as with any PGA Tour event, is measured by the community's involvement. To ensure this tournament's success, we need your participation and attendance.
Your support of this tournament does three things: It gets you up close and personal with the finest golfers in the world; it ensures the Accenture Match Play continues in Tucson; and perhaps most importantly, it raises money to help so many children throughout our community.
I encourage you to enjoy the upcoming tournament by purchasing tickets. With prices starting at $25, it's a great value, too.
Call our office at 571-0400 or visit our website, TucsonConquistadores.com
The young athletes of Southern Arizona thank you.
Brandt Hazen is president of Tucson Conquistadores.