Local NFL Players Team up with Special Olympics for Charity Golf Scramble in Big Rapids
BIG RAPIDS – Local NFL players teamed up with Special Olympics Michigan for the first golf scramble to benefit Area 5 at Clear Lake Golf Club Wednesday.
Big Rapids native and current Seattle Seahawk Justin Currie said Special Olympics is near and dear to his heart, “I had an uncle with down syndrome. I have my cousin here who is the center of our family who competes in Special Olympics and so it is something that has been close to home.”
Area 5 serves 93 athletes in Mecosta, Osceola, Oceana and Newaygo counties.
“I have become more open. I have come out of my comfort zone being around new people I have met. It has just brought me so far in life,” said Amanda Weller, an Area 5 athlete.
Currie asked two former Ferris State football players to join in on the fun: Jake Lampman, who played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year and Brady Sheldon who is a Green Bay Packer.
“It is always special to come around the athletes that they bring out here. They just have so much love for sports and love for people,” said Lampman.
“We have been working with Area 5 for a few years. They work really closely with Ferris, with the football program and so it was a lot of familiar faces,” added Sheldon.
Many of the Area 5 athletes are thrilled to have so much support from their community.
“It means a lot to us. If it was not for them, we would not be here right now, so I want to thank
them all for coming out,” said Nick Borders, an Area 5 athlete.
Fellow athlete Tyler Lawton added, “It just shows that everybody that has heard of Special Olympics, it just shows that everybody knows about it. Everybody cares about it.”
If you missed out Wednesday, but would like to donate to Special Olympics, you may do so here.