Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mark Brazil: Teaching Golf Is More Important Than Treating Autism

From the Jamestown News:

 X"Philanthropy has been an important part of the Wyndham Championship, and what makes this event so very special," Chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide Stephen P. Holmes said. "We are so proud to support so many wonderful organizations through our tournament, and exploring new ways to spread their message to new supporters."

But apparently  Mark Brazil doesn't think so. You see, instead of giving $100,000 to the Autism Society of North Carolina, Greensboro Children's Museum, United Way, Victory Junction or any of the other struggling non profits who work hard every day to do the things needed most, Mark Brazil, Tournament Director of the Wyndham Golf Tournament decided it better to give the $100,000 grand prize for the  inaugural Charity of Choice program to his friend and fellow First Tee of the Triad board member, Greensboro City Councilman, Mike Barber.

From the same article:

"The votes are in, and the winner of the inaugural Charity of Choice program at the recent Wyndham Championship is The First Tee of the Triad. The program was created by tournament title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world's largest hospitality companies.

XXThroughout the tournament, spectators voted at computer kiosks in the "Key to Wyn" tent for their "charity of choice" from almost 50 local and national not-for-profit children's organizations. The donation came through Wishes by Wyndham, the philanthropic foundation of Wyndham Worldwide and official charity of the Wyndham Championship."

Are golfers so crass and self centered they would vote for a game over all those other worthy causes or was the voting rigged? Would teaching children life skills as First Tee of the Triad is said to do not teach them that some things are more important than the games they play? Councilman Barber? Who certified the voting? How were the votes counted? Anyone?

To be clear, First Tee of the Triad got the money but since Mr Barber has fired most of First Tee's employees his paycheck makes up the largest percentage of First Tee of the Triad's expenses.