|Sam Houston Race Park Benefit Golf
Tournament Set for March 10
(January 29, 2003)-
Sam Houston Race Park’s Chaplaincy will host its tenth annual
Benefit Golf Tournament on Monday, March 10 at the Longwood Golf
The tournament has been in place since 1995 and will benefit the
Sam Houston Jockey’s Crisis Fund and the Sam Houston Chaplaincy
Program. The event is the primary source of fundraising for the
many programs and services offered by the Sam Houston Race Park
The Sam Houston Jockey’s Crisis Fund assists jockeys who
have been injured on the racetrack. The fund was established in
December, 2001 after jockey Terry Stanton suffered a severe ankle
and leg injury and was unable to ride for eight months.
"Because of what Terry and many other injured jockeys go
through, we started the Jockey's Crisis Fund," said Sam Houston
Race Park Chaplain, John Shumaker. "The account is important
so that if jockey is injured, riders can concentrate on their recovery
and rehabilitation and know that there is money to help pay the
"Words can’t describe how last year’s golf tournament
helped me," jockey Terry Stanton remembers. "My wife was
pregnant at the time with our first baby, and with me being injured,
we were always at the doctor’s office. We were struggling,
but the money helped out a lot."
The various Chaplaincy programs include a Sunday morning worship
service for horsemen and race patrons at Sam Houston Race Park at
11:00 a.m. The Chaplaincy also provides clothing, blankets and food
for backside workers. Counseling is provided for spiritual, emotional
and financial needs, as well as gambling, marital and drug and alcohol
Activities will kick off with a putting contest at 12:00 p.m.
and the "4 Man Scramble" will begin at 1:00 p.m. with
a shotgun start. Entry fee is $60 per player and will include dinner
and beverages. Along with the scramble, prizes will be awarded for
"Hole in One", "Closest to the Pin" and "Longest
Drive". Following the tournament, a live auction and a money
raffle will also be held.
For additional information, contact Linda Hearen of the Chaplaincy
office at (281) 807-8864.