The Charity Challenge has donated more than $4 million to our Charities over the past 27 years!



Richie Roberts LeAnn Akers
Patti McGill  Britain White
Jerry Hudlow Amber Lacewell
Chuck Priest


This event started in 1991 as the NWA Charity Challenge to support the NWA Crisis Intervention Center with five  National Sponsors and earned $60,000.

Over the past 26 years, The Challenge for Hope has raised over $4 million.  During this period, we have helped to provide a $1 million endowment to support the continued work of the Crisis Center for years to come.  

After assessing the needs of the community, we have decided to transition our support to the NWA Women’s Shelter (NWAWS). NWAWS helps families in Northwest Arkansas that are in crisis due to domestic abuse or sexual abuse. Each year, NWAWS provides hope to over 2000 victims of violence through its crisis hot line, safe shelter and advocacy to over 500 people (women, children, and men), and ongoing support to over 200 survivors.

Our annual event includes a golf tournament, 5K, 3 socials and two day tennis tournament   Our tennis event has been chosen as the  ‘Best Charity Tennis Event’ in the USTA Southern Section and given a similar honor twice by the USPTA.

Tennis Pros who have participated in the Challenge for Hope are:

Tracy Austin, Cliff Drysdale, Pancho Gonzales, Vic Braden, Todd Martin, Virginia Wade, Chris Evert, The Jensen Brothers-Luke and Murphy, Rennae Stubbs, Owen Davidson, Dick Stockton, Dennis Ralston, Ross Case, Tom Gorman, JoAnne Russell, Kathy Rinaldi, Tom Gullickson, Wendy Turnbull, Brenda Schultz McCarthy, Ann Grossman, Zina Garrison, Hank Pfister, MaryLou Daniels, Colin Dibley, Sherwood Stewart, Pat Dupre, Roy Emerson, Tim Mayotte, Justin Gimelstob, Corina Morariu and Darren Cahill.


Jennifer Apolskis Steven Bauer
Jim Corbett JD Hall
Corey Corbett Charlotte Hudlow
Karen Leach David Scogin
Jennifer Scogin Cathy Stone
Kathy Butler Simone Schwarze
Amanda Madrid  Joan Cook