avatar for HEB Tournament of Champions

HEB Tournament of Champions

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 2017 $8.5 million – a new record!

Over the past 32 years,  this event has raised over $99 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.