“Golf is one of those rare sports where you don’t have a referee. You call a penalty on yourself and you keep your own score. It’s a game of integrity and it’s a game where you have to be accountable,” said Robert Stennett, CEO of the Ben Hogan Foundation.
These attributes – honesty, integrity, self-determination – describe the very man the foundation honors and the legacy it is committed to preserving.
Dedicated to funding programs that reflect Hogan’s core values and supporting his passions for golf, education, and the well-being of children, the foundation’s board and leadership ask one question when faced with making a decision: “What would Ben Hogan do?”
(For the uninitiated, Hogan won the Colonial five times – more than any other competitor. An exhibit of memorabilia from the Fort Worth resident’s life is open at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational this week.)
The DEAN & DELUCA Invitational runs through May 29 at the Colonial Country Club.
The answers have certainly steered them in the right direction. In just over eight years, the Ben Hogan Foundation has made tremendous strides in each of its established programs. Its early support of the First Tee of Fort Worth, including the construction of the Ben Hogan Learning Center, has helped catapult the organization from serving a few hundred children to more than 30,000 – with the highest retention rate in the world. Its scholarship programs have given many the gift of a college education, and, every summer at Camp Broncho, 120 children with acute asthma get to just be kids.
One of the best examples of the Foundation’s larger-than-life impact is the annual Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood, where it’s all about serving those who serve. “They do hundreds of events at Fort Hood, but they told us twice in December that we are the premiere military appreciation event,” said Stennett. “That’s really something to hear.”
“It’s Mr. Hogan,”Stennett replied when asked how the young organization has been able to accomplish so much. “He was very proud of being a Fort Worth guy, and he was very proud of being a Texan. But to this day he still has an extraordinarily recognized international presence that, for the charity, has opened a lot of doors,” he said.
It’s not just Ben Hogan’s name that opens doors, but the community that rallies behind it.
“In Fort Worth, we’re all proud, and it’s a very philanthropic community,” said Stennett, who credits the support of the local community – both individuals and corporations – for helping get them to where they are today. “We are very fortunate to have a lot of friends that are on this journey with us.”
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