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10-04-2005, 10:21 PM
Golfers eager to give back

Athletes proud of fund-raising power


The Kansas City Star

In a professional sports world where salaries have in so many ways distanced athletes and fans, the PGA Tour has wanted to somewhat bridge that gap. How? By pointing out, with its “Drive to a Billion” campaign, the tour’s immense charitable donations over the years.

And golf pros such as Peter Jacobsen, John Daly, Matt Gogel and Chris Riley were on hand at The National on Monday representing the “give-back” side of their sport. They and other local sports figures, such as George Brett and Jose Lima, played in the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids tournament at the course in Parkville.

Monday’s event was not directly affiliated with the PGA Tour — it benefited Brooks’ foundation, which distributes money to children’s charities worldwide — but it did highlight the fund-raising power of golfers.

The PGA Tour and its affiliates, the Champions and Nationwide tours, will soon eclipse $1 billion in charitable donations. The first recorded donation was for $10,000 at a 1938 event on Long Island, N.Y. Raising funds for charity has been a hallmark of pro golf ever since.

And just as prize money has skyrocketed in the last few years, aka the “Tiger Woods Era,” so have charitable donations. The PGA Tour was at $500 million in 1999 — and yet will reach $1 billion during this year.

“That’s an amazing milestone,” said Jacobsen, who competes on both the PGA and Champions tours. “And I also think events like this, which bring the personalities of players out to the public, are hugely important.

“We need to sell the quality of the players’ personalities. Guys like John Daly and Chris Riley and Matt Gogel. And every year, we have young guys coming up who can really play. You get to know them as golfers, but who are they as people? The other thing, too, to point out is how many things players do with their own charities. John Daly has raised over $28 million in the last six years just with his own events.”

Jacobsen and his team of amateur partners finished first in Monday’s 18-hole tournament; Gogel’s team was second and Daly’s third. Yet the event, obviously, was about charity, not competition. More than $500,000 was raised in an affiliated Sunday dinner and auction, including a $50,000 donation from the event underwriter, Harrah’s Casino. Jacobsen said this Kansas City event would launch a permanent pro-golf affiliation, called Tee-Mates for Kids, with Brooks’ foundation.

As for Brett, he said he had Monday’s event on his calendar for a long time, largely because of his friendship with Brooks.

“I got a chance to meet Garth years ago when he did a concert at Kemper Arena, and of course got to know him real well when he was with the Royals during spring training,” Brett said. “And my feeling on charities has changed a bit since I’ve had three kids. I’m always thinking now, ‘What can we do for kids?’ ”


10-04-2005, 10:42 PM
Thanks for the article, Dale.

Tee-Mates For Kids! Very cool! Garth has to be so proud of these athletes. His foundation just keeps on growing and keeps on giving.

God bless Garth Brooks and Teammates!


10-11-2005, 05:02 PM
from gactv.com:
The Garth Brooks "Teammates For Kids" foundation held a clinic and 18 hole tournament at The National Golf Club of Kansas City in Parkville, Missouri on Monday. Many of the PGA's great golfers competed, including: John Daly, Peter Jacobsen, Chris Riley, Scott Hoch and Matt Gogel. Baseball Hall Of Famer, George Brett; Pro Football Hall Of Famer, Len Dawson; former “Dallas” TV actor, Patrick Duffy, and many others played. Garth did not appear in the tournament because of a scheduling conflict, but he was at the related dinner and auction on Sunday night at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino & Hotel that according to The Kansas City Star, raised $520,000.

At that dinner, Brooks was jokingly blamed for the Kansas City Royals having the worst record in baseball during this past season...to which he replied, “yeah, I jinxed ’em; it was two springs ago. The other two teams I played with went to the World Series.” He also went on to say why Kansas City had a special place in his heart, “one of my first gigs I ever did was the Kansas City Opry. And this is where my mom was born, so (Kansas City) is a special place for me. These people care about kids, man.”

The Star also quoted John Daly, “It’s an honor to be doing something with Garth, and when I get invited to do things like this, any time it involves kids, I’m there."

George Brett echoed those same feelings, “I got a chance to meet Garth years ago when he did a concert at Kemper Arena, and of course got to know him real well when he was with the Royals during spring training, and my feeling on charities has changed a bit since I’ve had three kids. I’m always thinking now, ‘What can we do for kids?’”

In the end, it was Peter Jacobsen's team that took home the first place trophy in Monday’s tournament. Matt Gogel’s team was second. Daly’s placed third.

Jacobsen said this tournament launched a permanent pro golf affiliation, called "Tee-Mates for Kids," with Brooks’ foundation. Brooks has been involved with many charity events over the years, but reportedly, this was the first one involving golf.

God and peace,
Vanessa :)

10-11-2005, 07:15 PM
Thanks Vanessa, great article.

Speaking about raising money for Teammates....
Adam's birthday is October 23. I'm mailing a donation in a purple envelope in Honor of Adam's birthday. Anyone care to join???