The clubs came out at the Fifth Annual Ryan Sheckler X Games Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 26, 2012, as big names from the industry and beyond hit the green for a good cause. From polos and pink-plaid, to hole-in-one money makers and SoCal sunshine, the tournament went off in style. The Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, welcomed the likes of Cary Hart, Mark McMorris, Rickie Fowler, Lindsey Vonn, Brody Jenner, Ian Walsh, and Matt Leinhart out to the course for a day of fun and fundraising.
The golf tournament, though primarily funded by the foundation, saw support pouring in from all sides, as sponsors and donors made clear their desire to buoy and contribute to the foundation’s efforts. One such effort is the newly launched Be The Change program, which is a web based initiative inspired by those seeking to make a difference. As explained by mom-ager Gretchen Sheckler— who is CEO and director of The Sheckler Foundation— Be The Change is not a hand out, but instead a platform from which the foundation can aid ‘passion projects,’ forming relationships with quality causes and helping ideas become realities. Sheckler explained that this initiative, along the lines of the foundation as a whole, hopes to harness human passion and potential; to encourage people to give in any way they can, whether that be monetary or simply lending time and energy. She explains simply, “I would rather receive $1 from 200,000 people, than $200,000 from 1 person.”
When asked which moment throughout the event’s five-year history stuck out above the rest, Gretchen Sheckler quickly cited Mike Smith’s $20,000 long-putt victory, though the check had yet to be inked. Sheckler explained that Smith’s Skate for Change charity has taken root in its community in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is profoundly touching the lives of all involved. Skate for Change defines itself as ‘a local group of skaters that are committed to giving back to the low-income and homeless in our community.’ With $20,000 burning a hole in his pocket, Smith now has that much more to give to those in need.
Without a doubt, the Ryan Sheckler X Games Celebrity Golf Tournament brought out the big guns for a multitude of worthy causes, and it was a helluva good time to boot.