Kroger and Procter & Gamble have partnered to bring the LPGA back to the city for the first time in over 30 years. “The Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G,” taking place September 5-11, will attract some of the biggest names in women’s professional golf. This tournament is also part of Kroger and P&G’s commitment to help accelerate the advancement of women in sports and business.
This commitment includes the launch of a new leadership program for 130 diverse women, the Queen City Game Changers, to help accelerate female advancement into roles of executive leadership and entrepreneurship. In partnership with other Cincinnati-based founding partners, including GE Aviation, Cintas, Tri-Health, St. Elizabeth, Great American and many others, the mission of this program is to identify and support the next generation of Game Changers from both the corporate and entrepreneurial communities of Cincinnati.
“The LPGA is thrilled to return to Cincinnati, or the Queen City as we are fondly referring to it in our tournament name,” said LPGA Tour Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan. “Cincinnati has a long connection to the LPGA and its players. We know this tournament will be a favorite stop on Tour and serve as an important example of the power of sports to inspire leaders and build community. We are truly grateful to Kroger and P&G for supporting the LPGA in such an impactful and meaningful way.”
Many of our P&G brands have partnered to bring the tournament to life, while also highlighting the work they do everyday to help engage and uplift women:
- Always has partnered with Kroger to create the Game Changers Scholarship Program to help support multicultural women achieve advanced degrees in business and liberal arts. Five female students, nominated by their local universities, will receive $5,000 scholarships.
- P&G Home Care brands (Dawn, Cascade, Swiffer, Mr. Clean & Febreze) will be driving awareness of their “Close the Chore Gap” initiative. Launched in 2021, the campaign invites everyone to do their part to create more equality in the division of household work. The tournament’s Volunteer Center will be transformed to a space where several high-profile players, together with their partners and loved ones, will share their personal stories of how they help our LPGA women “close the chore gap” within their homes.
- Pampers is bringing to life a supportive Family Center, where moms will have space to pump or nurse and parents can change diapers or even take advantage of expert daycare workers for a moment to relax and watch the game. During key days and hours, fans and attendees will have opportunities to meet with LPGA moms and hear their stories of what it’s like to be a “Mom on Tour.”
- Secret Deodorant is sponsoring the Driving Range and will host a clinic with the world’s top LPGA players on their secret to being “All Strength, No Sweat.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the world-class athletes of the LPGA back to Cincinnati, and to inspire hundreds of local women to enjoy golf and advance their careers through the Game Changers Platform,” said Pat Cady, P&G Sales Senior Vice President. “At P&G, we work to eliminate gender bias and create equal opportunity for all individuals, and so we also are excited to partner with Kroger and the LPGA to engage and empower more than 130 women leaders from across our Queen City community.”