The 2018 Travelers Championship begins June 21 at the TPC River Highlands in the Hartford suburb of Cromwell, Connecticut. The Travelers Championship, founded in 1952, prides itself on donating 100% of its net proceeds to charity. The tournament partners with over 150 local charities, including Autism Speaks, multiple Boys & Girls Clubs, No Kid Hungry and Veterans Strong Community Center. Since the tournament’s founding it has raised over $38 million with $1.7 million of that coming last year. This year, the primary beneficiary is the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is an organization founded by actor Paul Newman in 1988 to serve seriously ill children. Based in Ashford, CT the organization provides a summer camp-like experience year round to children who otherwise would be unable to attend camps. The camp provides around the clock medical services to facilitate the experience and allow kids to make friends and enjoy amazing experiences. The camp is named after the gang in Newman’s famous film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and provides traditional camp activities like archery, horseback riding, crafts and fishing. The camp also provides services for healthy siblings to be able to participate with their brothers and sisters. In addition to the camp programs, the charity also maintains a hospital outreach program to bring camp activities to children too sick to attend events at the camp. In all, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp serves over 20,000 children annually.
15 ½ Hole
The most famous charitable event that takes place during tournament week is the 15 ½ hole challenge for a chance to win $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice. The challenge is to hit a red umbrella-shaped green located in the middle of a lake. The challenge takes place between holes 15 and 16 and gives the competition its name. Professionals and caddies take part in this challenge each year, and the winner is whoever gets their bal closest to the pin.
Another annual charitable event is the MahoneySabol 5k. This event features a 5k race and a kids’ .5 or 1 mile run. All proceeds raised by the race benefit the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care. The area hospital is run on a not for profit basis and is recognized for outstanding ALS, Autism and Neuromuscular care and rehabilitation programs for children and adults.