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Foundation Honors Papa Champ with Scholarships for Prairie View A&M

The Cameron Champ Foundation and Chevron have donated $40,000 to Prairie View A&M University to establish scholarships for the men’s and women’s golf teams.

The donation, made after Cameron played his first Masters and inspired by Augusta National’s scholarship gift to Paine College, will be named for Mack Champ, Cameron’s grandfather.

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Cameron Champ Takes a Stand on Racial Injustice

In just his second full season on the PGA Tour, Cameron Champ was one of only 30 players to reach the Tour Championship. In the process, he has also been able to use his platform to take a stand on issues of racial injustice.

During the BMW Championship and Tour Championship, Cameron wore one white shoe and one black shoe adorned with “Breonna Taylor,” “Jacob Blake,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Papa Champ,” the latter being a tribute to his late grandfather, Mack Champ, a victim of racial discrimination himself.

“Until equality in our country means everyone is treated with the same level of dignity and respect, and afforded the same level of opportunity, freedom and justice in all things as human beings, we will never be able to truly live up to our ideals, or reach our full potential as a nation,” Cameron said in a post on social media. “I join my fellow athletes in continuing to use my voice for positive change that will move our country forward as one.”

Cameron also spoke with reporters at the BMW Championship about his position and the reasons he feels so passionately about the issue. You can watch the video on Facebook.

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Golf Magazine Tells the Story of Cam’s ‘Charitable Heart’

Seeing Cameron on the cover of the July/August 2020 issue of Golf Magazine with the headline “Rocket Man” was exciting, and his tips for increasing swing speed were spot on, but we were far more inspired by this headline: “Here’s why there’s no separating Cameron Champ the golfer and the giver.”

Cameron talks in great detail about his relationship with his grandfather Mack, his dedication to our Foundation, the Champ family’s involvement with Foothill Golf Course, the Mack Champ Invitational, and much more.

“Our main focus is mentorship and schooling,” he said of our Foundation. “We give them somewhere to go to have fun with other kids, to get help with homework and to play. Golf and other sports are part of it, but not all of it.”

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Mack Champ Invitational Postponed

We are very sorry to announce the postponement of the Mack Champ Invitational, but the health and safety of our junior golfers and their families, as well as that of the broader community, is the most important thing on our minds.

Our mission to level the playing field in golf remains the same, and we are actively monitoring the situation and looking for a time to reschedule the tournament.

More information on the tournament is available at mackchampinvitational.com.

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Nike Releases ‘Grandpa Mack’ Polo

The new Grandpa Mack polo from Nike Golf represents a silhouette of the first known picture of Cameron Champ’s late grandfather playing golf, and it serves as a tribute to his life journey, quest for equality, passion for golf and the way he gave of himself to others.

Cameron is wearing this polo to honor #PapaChamp at the Genesis Invitational, and you can get one too on Nike.com. In celebration of Black History Month, 100% of the contributions will go to the Cameron Champ Foundation and our work to inspire the next generation of athletes, just like Grandpa Mack did for Cameron.

Check out the video below to learn more about the inspiration behind the shirt.

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Mack Champ Invitational Coming to Houston in March

The Cameron Champ Foundation is proud to host the Mack Champ Invitational, a new two-day tournament for the game’s best junior golfers from diverse backgrounds.

Named in honor of Mack Champ, Cameron’s grandfather who passed away in October of 2019, the tournament will focus on identifying talented diverse players as a way to honor Mack’s legacy.

The 36-hole event, for boys and girls ages 9-18, will be played at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston from March 20-22, 2020.

Learn more and register to play or volunteer at mackchampinvitational.com.

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Papa Champ

Mackray Champ, who introduced his grandson to the game and predicted years ago that Cameron would make the PGA Tour, passed away on Oct. 21, 2019. Here’s a wonderful tribute from Cameron and the Golf Channel.

Here is the text of his obituary, which ran in the Sacramento Bee on Oct. 25, 2019:

Born June 5, 1941 in Columbus, TX; passed away October, 21, 2019 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Lulu Champ until her passing in 2014. Greatly missed by children, Jeff and Andrew Champ. Forever remembered by grandchildren, Vanessa, Rachel, Cameron, Madison, Chancellor, Brent and Melissa; and by great-grandchildren, Kiana, Jaleesa, Jocelyn, Ryan, Savannah, Hadley and Everett. Survived by siblings; Glidell Champ, Alva Lee Champ Clark, Edward Scott and Emma Scott Moore and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mack was a Vietnam Veteran and served his country in the United States Air Force. He retired after 20 years of service. In retirement, he enjoyed his family, taking care of his garden and helping individuals with disabilities play golf. He beamed with pride as he watched his grandson play golf on the PGA Tour. He will be forever loved and missed for all eternity by all those who knew him. A viewing will be held Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 4-8pm at East Lawn – 5757 Greenback Ln Sacramento, CA 95841. A Homegoing Celebration will be held at 11 am, Monday, October 28, 2019 at Hillsdale Baptist Church – 6201 Hillsdale Blvd Sacramento, CA 95842. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to The Champ Family Giving Fund 12657 Acosta Blvd Suite 400 San Ramon, CA 94583.