Monday August 27, 2007
Mayor Challenges Golfers to Raise Funds for Families of Soldiers Wounded or Killed in Action
On Saturday, September 1, customers at Louisville’s nine Metro Parks golf courses can spend money on more than a round of golf – they can support families of soldiers who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) announced today.
Metro Parks is participating in the nation’s first Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. On September 1, Metro Parks and the PGA Professionals who staff each golf course will ask customers to contribute an extra $1 per round of golf. All donations will be sent to Wounded Warriors, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support to families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.
“Louisville, like communities across the nation, has seen its sons and daughters sacrifice their well-being in service to our country,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “We’re pleased to offer this fun and easy way to give back to families who are coping with the injury or loss of a loved one. I’d like to encourage everyone to stop by a golf course on September 1 and contribute, even if they’re not planning to play a round.” Abramson will recognize the golf course that raises the most money for Wounded Warriors, Inc.
“Having a son who was injured in the line of duty, and knowing the difficulties that wounded soldiers and their families face when they return home, I can say first-hand how important this support can be,” said Flood, whose son – Sgt. Brandon Sword – was injured in Iraq earlier this year. “I would ask everyone to donate to this worthy cause, at $1, or at whatever level you can afford. I can’t tell you how helpful it was to have the support of organizations like this one when our family needed it.”
Patriot Golf Day is spearheaded by PGA Professional Dan Rooney of Stillwater, Okla. Rooney, an F-16 pilot in the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, has logged two tours of duty to Iraq, and following his most recent tour he began to think of ways he could stay involved in the war effort.
For more information about Patriot Golf Day, visit www.PlayGolfAmerica.com. Citizens who won’t be able to visit a golf course on September 1 can make an online contribution by visiting this web site. For more information about Wounded Warriors, Inc., visit www.woundedwarriors.org.
Metro Parks golf courses are open from daylight to dark seven days a week, and each course has a fully stocked pro shop. Private lessons are available from a PGA Professional at each clubhouse. Metro Parks operates 9-hole golf courses in Cherokee Park and Crescent Hill Park, along with Waverly Park’s Bobby Nichols Golf Course. There are 18-hole courses in Iroquois Park, Long Run Park, Seneca Park, Shawnee Park, Sun Valley Park and Charlie Vettiner Park. For more information, call (502) 456-8134.