With the decline of Tiger Woods, the sport of golf had been dealing with an identity issue. The PGA Tour was struggling to find a new face; gone were any superstars that could vastly improve sales and viewership. However, those problems now appear to be a thing of the past. In April of 2015, Jordan Spieth became the new face golf needed. His dominant play on the highest stage has catapulted his name into households near and far, while captivating the attention of sports fans worldwide.
At the 2015 Masters, Spieth showed the kind of Skill that makes him one of the best golfers in the world. He posted a score of -18, which ties the best score ever by Tiger Woods. After his spectacular Masters showing, he followed that up by winning the U.S. Open a couple months later. His performance at the U.S. Open proved the Masters was no fluke. Spieth was subsequently named the 2015 PGA Tour Player of the Year and Jack Nicklaus Award recipient. On top of that, he set the single-season record with more than $12 million in official earnings.
Along with being a world-class golfer, Spieth is a world-class human being. Having grown up with a sister who suffers from autism, Spieth has been a leader in outreach for people of special needs. In partnership with AMBUCS (American Business Clubs), the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation has helped to give out dozens of Amtryke bicycles to underprivileged children throughout the Dallas, Texas area. Spieth has also partnered with Hugs Café and organized a charity concert with the aim of raising funds to open the first of many Hugs Café locations in North Texas. The mission of Hugs Café is to facilitate training and employment for adults with special needs, all while providing dignity and self-worth and developing respect in the community.
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Spieth also goes out of his way to support military veterans and their families. When Texas charity Celebration of Love could not afford to pay for an annual holiday celebration for one of their programs, Soldiers of America, Spieth stepped up and supplied the organization with the necessary funds and support. Soldiers of America had been reaching about 500 families on an annual basis. Now, with the help of the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, almost 5,400 families are assisted each year.
Jordan Spieth’s Skill and Character make him my Athlete CRUSH. Not only is he a world-class golfer, but he is doing a tremendous job with his charitable foundation as well. We hope he continues to make a positive difference in people’s lives and wish him the best of luck in the 2016 US Open.
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Posted 15 June 2016