Packers’ Aaron Rodgers donates his golf tournament winnings to Wounded Warriors
As all you golf fans know, this weekend was the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It is one of golf's more fun events (outside of the Happy Gilmore-like atmosphere at Waste Management Open).
The Pro-Am, a highly sought after ticket, is a charity event. Golfers and celebrities use their talents (or try to attempt to) to raise money for various causes.
Cue Green Bay Packer All-Pro (and safe driver) Aaron Rodgers.
But he is also a strong supporter of the military, especially veterans.
At the Pro-Am, Rodgers participated in a Hole-in-One challenge where various celebrities tried to get a hole-in-one or as close to the pin as possible.
Rodgers finished second behind country star Jake Owen but ahead of the likes of Peyton Manning, Steve Young, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, and Larry Fitzgerald. His performance earned him ,000, and Rodgers picked the Wounded Warrior Project as the charity for his donation.
Here you can see him in action—his qualifying shot.
Aaron's support for the military extends beyond this single act.
Last year, he wrote an article for the Players Tribune in which he explained his devotion to our country's service members and what they mean to him. He also does amazing things like this event with Gold Star children.
Rodgers' military ties start with his family. His grandfather was a WWII pilot that was a POW. Rodgers recounts his college days playing for Cal and visiting a military hospital in San Diego in the lead up to the Holiday Bowl.
"I obviously admired them for their courage and sacrifice. But what really struck me was that despite their injuries, some of them couldn't wait to get back to active duty. They were pleading with their doctors to help them so they could rejoin their units and continue fighting."
Rodgers talks about his interactions with wounded vets, the effect their fighting spirit has on him, and how important it is to care for them.
"To me, when it comes to taking care of our veterans and helping them not just assimilate back into society, but to actually thrive, I don't think there's any limit to what we can and should do."
Keep up the good work A-A-Ron!