Too often we read stories of athletes who have lost their way, lost their minds and lost their money. It can be frustrating to see people with so much power and influence not even make an attempt to help make a difference in someone else’s life. It’s not a requirement if you make millions, to help other people, but it sure is nice to see an athlete take the time and make the effort.
This week it was announced that Rory McIlroy will be starting The Rory Foundation. The mission of this charity is to help other children’s charities across the world. The foundation will run projects in an effort to raise money and awareness for a specific charity chosen, or at least that is the goal of the first project the foundation has set up.
The “6 Bags Project” is the first to be set up by The Rory Foundation . With this project, McIlroy will have the name of a specific charity on his golf bag for the first six tournaments of the 2013 season. After each tournament, the bag will be auctioned off and the proceeds of the auction will be donated to the charity chosen that week. The first charity chosen is the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children which offers support to children, teenagers, and young adults living with cancer as well as their parents and siblings. The charity also offers support for children and young people whose parents are also battling cancer.
Each week we will follow-up with The Rory Foundation and the charity that he has chosen to raise money and awareness for in the upcoming tournament. This is a wonderful cause and great use of the fame and fortune McIlroy has found in his very young and successful golf career.