Kelly Slater is adding another award to his trophy cabinet, as the 11-time World Champion received the highly prestigious Arnie. Golfing since he was 23 years old, Kelly Slater has openly expressed his love for the sports and last week, the golfing community has returned the love.
The Golf Digest in partnership with T&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Monterey Peninsula Foundation honored Slater with the Arnie along with pro golfer Juli Inkster and country musician Clay Walker as part of their Golfers Who Give Back initiative. The award was created six years ago to honor the late Arnold Palmer who was known for his philanthropic works. And not unknown to many, Slater has been doing his fair share of charity works.
In an interview with WSL, Slater shares his work with Omaze and other fundraising efforts. “I’ve done three or four projects in the past with them. We’ve done two trips to Fiji, where we’ve given the winner a free trip to Tavarua. We raised quite a bit of money from that and gave it to a couple of different funds. Shane Dorian and I donated to More Than Sport, which builds skate parks around the U.S. I gave money to Skate to School, which gives money for college tuitions. It helps kids get through college without so much debt. That money is going to the local community to do things in the area.”
And with all that’s been on Slater’s plate lately – from recovering from a foot injury to expanding his wave pool empire, you’d think he’d be pausing his humanitarian rampage. Wrong. “We’ll do one more giveaway, and that money will go to hurricane-disaster relief in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. We had devastating fires here in California, so we might give some money to that, too,” he said.
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