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Published on October 1st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured above; 2014 Co-Chairs, Michael A. Younginer and Coach Dawn Staley, USC Women’s Head Basketball Coach

Enjoy a fun-filled day of golf and networking, all in support of a great cause – the children served by Healthy Learners! 

COLUMBIA – Golfers are invited to tee up for the 15th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer on Wednesday October 15, 2014, at the picturesque Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, SC.  The shotgun start is at 12:00 Noon. Golfer check-in begins at 10:00 AM.  Founded by George Younginer, the tournament has grown to be one of the largest and most successful charity golf tournaments in the Midlands.

Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.  The organization addresses poverty at its root, so that future generations can lift themselves, and their communities, to a better life.

Join this year’s Premier Exclusive sponsor, Colonial Life, in celebrating the 15th year of the Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer.  “This event gives us a chance to honor George Younginer as the visionary leader he was, and to recognize him for coming up with the idea of a golf tournament as a fundraiser.  His dedication to conducting many of the initial activities himself, established the foundation, which led to a successful tournament that is now 15 years old,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director of Healthy Learners.  Michael A. Younginer, George’s eldest son and Co-Chair of this year’s golf tournament said, “Dad stepped up to the plate because he recognized the effective potential that this ministry would bring to the educational needs and therefore, the success for children in the State of South Carolina.”

This year’s tournament will include a variety of contests and exciting prizes – including a $10,000 Hole in One contest.  Participants will join the 2014 Co-Chairs, Coach Dawn Staley, USC Women’s Head Basketball Coach, and Michael A. Younginer, Younginer LLC Engineered Products for a great round of competitive golf, a delicious boxed lunch, opportunities to bid on fabulous Silent Auction vacation packages and conclude the day with an awards banquet, entertainment and dinner at the pavilion catered by Shealy’s Bar-B-Q House.  The tournament will offer golfers of all talent levels a chance to enhance their skills and challenge other golfers on two world-class 18-hole championship courses at Fort Jackson.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities remain.  Team sponsorships (which include 4 golfers) start at $1,500.  You can also support the event by volunteering or simply making a donation in any amount. For registration and general tournament information please contact Jacki Labat by telephone at 404.863.8001, via email at or visit the Healthy Learners website at  Please consider joining Healthy Learners for this year’s 15th annual golf tournament.

In an effort to continue to provide health care services for children who are in need and without resources, Healthy Learners partners with schools and community health care providers to not only help children secure needed health care services, but also to provide transportation and coordination of care for medical appointments.  Each year, proceeds from the golf tournament enables Healthy Learners to help hundreds of children all across South Carolina by providing them with health care services like vision care, dental care, and assistance with prescription medications and episodic care for other medical concerns.

Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy.  A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 148 schools across ten (10) South Carolina school districts.  The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland.  For more information, see



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