With Labor Day Weekend upon us, this is the perfect time to participate in the eighth annual Patriot Golf Day, which takes place every year during this three-day holiday weekend. As in years past, golfers nationwide are asked to donate a minimum of $1 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation.
“Through Patriot Golf Day events held at thousands of facilities across the country, we have given golfers a way to provide their support,” said the humble Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor founder. During the past seven years, Patriot Golf Day has raised nearly $20 million dollars and the Folds of Honor Foundation has awarded more than 5,500 scholarships.
PGA Professional Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, has served three tours in Iraq. “We have lost so many soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Rooney. “America can come together in the spirit of golf and have a dramatic impact. We have an opportunity to make a difference for the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Rooney’s story is touching, and powerful. He was on an airplane in Grand Rapids, Mich. When the flight landed, the pilot announced that there was an American hero on board, and as a sign of respect, to please remain seated until the flagged-draped casket of Cpl. Brock Bucklin was removed from the plane. Reflecting on this event, Rooney started thinking about his own family and what they would do in a situation like this. During those 30 minutes of sitting on the plane, Dan Rooney knew he had to do something. That “something” turned out to be Patriot Golf Day, and it supports the Folds of Honor scholarship program.
A PGA professional, Rooney completed his NCAA career as team captain at the University of Kansas golf team, graduating with a Master’s of Science in Performance Psychology. “After graduating, I spent three years as a professional golfer playing on some of the minor tours,” he said.
This Labor Day weekend, millions of golfers and golf fans across America will be inspired to participate in Patriot Golf Day. Everyone has an opportunity to celebrate freedom by honoring those who keep us free.