Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G event officials announce today a week-long series of virtual events and celebration June 15-21 for the entire community to enjoy. The celebration features activities for all ages including a local broadcast of the 2014 tournament, charitable initiatives for #PlayYellow and the Mercy Health Foundation, and a virtual women’s summit. The 14th annual LPGA tournament, originally scheduled for the week of June 15 has been postponed to August 24-30, 2020.
As a kickoff to the community celebration, the final round of the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G won by Stacy Lewis will be broadcast on local NBC-affiliate KNWA, on Sunday, June 14 from 1-3 p.m. In one of the most memorable rounds in event history, former Razorback standout Stacy Lewis captured her first official victory at the #NWAChampionship following an exciting back nine charge. The broadcast will also feature interviews with Stacy Lewis and Razorback women’s golf coach, Shauna Taylor. Fans are encouraged to tune-in on Sunday and share their #NWAChampionship Watch Party experiences using the hashtag #NWAChampRewind on social media.
In partnership with Walmart, June 15-21 will also serve as a celebration for the #PlayYellow initiative in NW Arkansas. First introduced at the #NWAChampionship in 2019, the #PlayYellow initiative raises money for pediatric care programs nationwide. Locally, the campaign benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest. Families are encouraged to play golf together throughout the week and share photos on social media in yellow attire using the hashtag #PlayYellowNWA. Donation opportunities will be available for community members across the #NWAChampionship social platforms and website.
The Walmart Women’s Empowerment Summit presented by Kimberly-Clark returns as a virtual event on Thursday, June 18 from 8-11:30 a.m. This year’s program features a lineup of dynamic presenters and rich content around the theme “Leveraging Your Unique Journey to Success.” Featured speakers include Kathryn McLay, President and CEO of Sam’s Club, and Mariah Stackhouse, LPGA Professional. Hosted in partnership with the region’s Network of Executive Women (NEW) chapter, this year’s event will also support the NWA Food Bank and their COVID-19 Response Fund. Registration for the Walmart Women’s Empowerment Summit is open to the public and available through NEW at www.NEWOnline.org.
Throughout the week, individuals of all ages are also invited to participate in Miles for Mercy, a virtual community challenge supporting the Mercy Health Foundation and local healthcare heroes. Individuals are encouraged to track miles walked or run throughout June 15-20, with each mile submitted equaling a $1 donation to the Mercy Health Foundation, up to $15,000, courtesy of Procter & Gamble. Registration is available online at www.Race-Wizard.com.
In addition to virtual events, individuals are encouraged to follow @NWAChampionship social channels throughout the week for memories from past tournaments, contests and giveaways, volunteer spotlights and more.