SAN ANTONIO - As part of Whataburger's proud tradition and ongoing commitment to freshness, quality and customer service, 126 Whataburger restaurants have been named semifinalists in the company's "WhataGames" competition. This friendly company-wide competition supports Whataburger's vision to provide the best overall customer experience and is designed to measure knowledge of restaurant procedures and skills. The competition also recognizes high performing teams and leadership behaviors.

Competing teams consist of employees from all aspects of restaurant operations, including those who maintain and test equipment for Whataburger facilities.

Defeating their competitors among Whataburger's more than 800 restaurants in 10 states, semifinalists will earn one of the 23 coveted spots at the WhataGames Finals in Grapevine, Texas in April 2017, where they will compete in three days of high-intensity challenges for the Gold Medal and the esteemed title of WhataGames 2017 Champion. Whataburger will also award more than $200,000 in cash prizes to all members of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winning teams, including those who stayed back to operate and manage their stores while their peers represented them in the competition.

"At Whataburger, we believe in investing in our employees and providing a great experience to our loyal fans. As part of that commitment, we're dedicated to training our employees, known as Family Members, and providing a fun working atmosphere that people are excited to be a part of," said Rob Rodriguez, SVP of Restaurants. "Our biannual WhataGames event is more than a contest, it gives our restaurant teams the chance to get to know one another, enjoy a friendly and spirited competition and get rewarded for all their hard work."

WhataGames Finals take place during the Whataburger Family Convention, which will be held in April at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The WhataGames were created in 1996 as a training exercise for operations to better serve customers. While the first event hosted less than 500 people, it has now grown to more than 2,200 Whataburger attendees. The convention is a family occasion, hosting Whataburger corporate and regional representatives, franchisees and suppliers and the WhataGames national finalists.

WhataGames local Restaurant Semifinalists 2017:

Unit 851 141 South US Highway 281 Bypass, Alice

Unit 282 105 N. US Highway 77, Robstown

Unit 2 2424 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi

Unit 317 101 Bypass 281, Falfurrias

Unit 4 510 S 14th St., Kingsville

Unit 800 2701 S. US Highway 77 Bypass, Kingsville