Purpose2Play’s top stories from June highlight some older athletes, fans and interns in running baseball and golf, respectively.
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The New York Yankees and Wish of a Lifetime became a force of nature when they partnered for day four of HOPE Week, the Yankees’ annual week-long effort to give back to their community in powerful ways.
On Thursday, they brought 87-year-old Sal Reale back to New York City from his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., so he could visit one of his former firehouses — Ladder 136 in Elmhurst, Queens — where Yankees players Greg Bird, Chad Green, Adam Warren, Tyler Austin, Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder surprised him.
If you watched the U.S. Open, or saw any of the news feeds, you’re well aware of the myriad roles of the USGA. It’s the governing body of golf in the U.S. and Mexico, the interpreter and enforcer of rules (with the R&A), and the organization, right or wrong, that collectively took it on the chin for the Shinnecock Hills set up.
It’s not an easy job.
But, this expansive organization also has a lot of heart, with myriad programs, research and initiatives all dedicated to one thing: growing and nurturing the game of golf.
One great example is the organization’s P.J. Boatwright Internship program.
If you look at George Etzweiler’s most recent accomplishment, you might assume there isn’t a mountain he can’t scurry up. Yes, even at 98 years old.
The retired engineering professor from State College, PA finished the Mount Washington Road Race for the 13th time on Saturday, reaching the summit in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 48 seconds, a full minute faster than last year.
Scott Matlock is a talented football player, but Boise State knew if they landed him, their team would be able to tap into his bottomless well of grit and determination, especially in the midst of hardship.
His backstory is one that can crush your heart, but his ability to rise above and still chase his football dream can inspire an entire nation.
All it takes is 30 seconds to make someone’s day. Look no further than Cristiano Ronaldo, the soccer superstar who is gearing up to play in the 2018 World Cup.
As he was loading up onto the Portuguese team bus to travel to Russia, he spotted a young boy in a green Ronaldo jersey.