HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shell Oil Company honored Brian Ching, managing director of the Houston Dash, on Tuesday at an annual award dinner celebrating the Shell Houston Open’s legacy of charitable giving. Ching was recognized for his work with “The House that Ching Built” and other initiatives he has supported in the Houston community.
When he joined the Houston Dynamo in 2006, Ching quickly became the face of soccer in Houston with his tremendous talent and humble personality. In addition to his accomplishments on the field as the Dynamo’s all-time leading scorer, the six-time MLS All-Star’s contributions to the city have been measurable through his extensive philanthropic work.
“The House that Ching Built” has raised more than $200,000 since it was founded in association with Habitat for Humanity four years ago. Construction is currently underway on the organization’s second home in Houston’s North Side, and work is scheduled to begin in 2015 on a third. Another of his organizations, “Ching’s Champions,” pays tribute to community members in Houston who have performed selfless acts for others for little, or nothing, in return. In the last year, five people have been granted 250-second Kroger shopping sprees to benefit the organizations they support.
“I’m honored to be recognized with the Shell Legacy Award this year, and appreciate that the Shell Houston Open shares a similar mission to impact Houston,” Ching said. “I am thankful that I can give back to the community that supported me and my team so strongly over the years. Neighbors helping neighbors – that’s what it is all about.”
The Shell Legacy Award recognizes and honors individuals who have greatly impacted and improved the local community. The award was establish in 2008 and previous recipients include: World Golf Hall of Fame Member Dr. Charles Sifford (2008), former First Lady Barbara Bush (2009), NFL Hall of Fame Member Emmitt Smith (2010), former Secretary of State James A. Baker III (2011), nationally acclaimed recording artist and humanitarian Clay Walker (2012), and two-time World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman (2013).
“Shell proudly presents this award to Brian Ching for his significant contributions to Houston,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company. “His philanthropic efforts are changing the lives of people around us. We look forward to watching him continue to build his legacy through the organizations he’s founded.”
Tuesday’s dinner and award presentation kicked off the 2014 Shell Houston Open, which runs through Sunday, April 6 at Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course. Since Shell Oil Company became title sponsor in 1992, the Shell Houston Open and its related activities have raised more than $56 million for local charitable organizations.
The Shell Houston Open is the 10th oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR and is run by the Houston Golf Association, which has administered professional golf events since 1946. Funds raised benefit local youth programs such as The First Tee® of Greater Houston, reaching more than 117,000 young people annually. The tournament reflects the city’s reputation as a diverse and international city, with golfers from 17 different countries competing in the 2014 event.
Through the Shell Houston Open, Shell continues to support children and students by demonstrating a commitment to education at all ages. Visit www.ShellHoustonOpen.com and www.shell.com for details on how Shell impacts the global community.