The HV3 Foundation mentor program was created in 2021 to help develop girls and boys into productive adults. Working with First Tee Greater Charlotte, the program has grown to 42 mentors and 60 mentees in its first full year. “I think it’s important that no matter what I do in my professional career, if I didn’t have an impact off the course, then I probably didn’t do my job, and impacting the lives of kids has such a lasting effect” said HV3 Foundation Founder and President Harold Varner, III.
The HV3 Foundation subsidizes rounds of golf through Youth on Course and provides junior golfers with access to play rounds of golf for $5 or less. Youth on Course is growing the game and building a community of passionate young golfers who can experience the life changing opportunities that golf can provide. The HV3 Foundation believes in growing the game by providing affordable access to golf courses where girls and boys can learn important life skills. Youth on Course does much to improve the lives of kids on and off the course.
Each Spring, the Foundation partners with the Carolinas Golf Association to conduct the HV3 Invitational. The entry fee to the tournament is heavily subsidized by the Foundation so each player can experience this “tour quality” event at an affordable price. In addition to that generosity, numerous juniors are granted complimentary entry fees. The first event in 2019 had 65 participants but was expanded to 160 competitors in 2021 and 2022. The HV3 Invitational has become the biggest and the best tournament of the spring season.
The HV3 Foundation started the Daniel Meggs Memorial Junior golf tournament in 2020 in memory of Daniel Meggs. Daniel, a close friend of Varner’s, grew up in Charlotte, N.C. and had a successful junior golf career earning him a scholarship to Wake Forest. After college, Daniel shared his knowledge of golf as the Director of Instruction at TPC Piper Glen. Meggs loved working with junior golfers, and so an idea for the tournament was born. In May of 2017, Daniel was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Although he fought courageously for over two years, Meggs passed away in February 2020. In its first three years, his namesake tournament has enjoyed the participation of more than 100 junior girls and boys.
SwingPals’ mission is to build a foundation of health and strong character in children facing adversity. SwingPals uses golf as a medium through which students develop mindfulness and self-regulation skills, empowering them to pursue their passion and fulfill their potential to create positive change in their community. Doug Hodges, the Executive Director said “Children who lack resources and have been marginalized need to know people care about them. SwingPals students now know Harold Varner III and the HV3 Foundation cares about them too!