HEB Tournament of Champions, a foundation that supports Special Olympics and organizations involved with arts and culture, education, health, child welfare, and human services, has donated $2,500 to Catch the Next “to ensure the success of the Ascender program.” For over 30 years, HEB Tournament of Champions has contributed to the efforts of local nonprofit organizations focused on the needs of children and families.
The H-E-B Tournament of Champions was established in 1986 when Decker Food Company asked H-E-B Grocery Co. to invite a few of their market vendors to play in a golf tournament and donate the proceeds to Special Olympics Texas. The President of Decker Foods was the Chairman of the Board for Special Olympics Texas at that time. The event raised $38,500 and the proceeds made it possible to hire a Special Olympics Texas Games Coordinator for Area 20 which included San Antonio. Chuck Hendryx (H-E-B V.P.) and Kathy Ashwin (Asst.) organized the event in six weeks and concluded, if they had a year to plan the event, more money would be raised. The following year the event raised $78,000 and in 2014 $7.9 million – a new record.
Over the past 29 years, this event has raised over $72 million dollars benefiting Special Olympics Texas and other worthwhile organizations that focus on children, youth and education throughout the State of Texas.
In 2003 the H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust was established and the event became a 501(c)3 tax exempt private foundation under the Internal Revenue codes.