MINNESOTA – One NFL star puts on a golf tournament that would even make Tiger Woods jealous!
When one thinks of a charity golf tournament, a Slip ‘n Slide usually doesn’t come to mind. Perhaps a hot dog and beer, but how bout a roasted pig at the turn? Well if it doesn’t sound like your run of the mill charity golf tournament, that’s because Jared Allen doesn’t throw your run of the mill charity golf tournament.
Allen hosted the Night-Ops Charity Golf Tournament last Saturday at the Ancala Country Club. The charity event was to benefit his new Homes for Wounded Warriors foundation, which provides new and modified homes for returning veterans with disabilities. Allen got the idea after a USO tour of Iraq and Kuwait in March of 2009. When he returned, a friend in the military told him that injured and disabled vets often have inadequate facilities to help them with their new challenges.
The charity is one that is dear to the Minnesota Viking’s heart, as his grandfather, uncle and youngest brother have served or currently serve in the military.
“Unfortunately, people get hurt in war,” Allen said at the event. “When they come home, we’re going to be there to fix their house or get them a new house. We want to make them feel comfortable and have one less thing to worry about.”
Allen didn’t want “another lame golf tournament.” The Viking is known as one of the “characters” of the NFL, displaying a very outgoing personality on and off the field. Participants had to endure harassment from Marines on every hole – distracting them on their backswings, and frequently demanding push-ups for sub-par results.
UFC star Chuck Liddell had to blast through a Slip ‘n Slide after failing to reach the green in regulation on the 14th hole. On top of those distractions, the shotgun start at 3:30 p.m. insured that there would be nine holes of night golf.
After it was all said and done, the tournament was a huge success and everyone had a great time. A tournament that only a free spirit like Jared Allen could pull off.