This week he showed no mercy at the 12th Annual Oscar De La Hoya Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, August 20, in Burbank, CA, by snagging a hole-in-one on the sixth tee at the scenic Lakeside Golf Club. He won 10 grand to benefit his Los Angeles-based foundation, A World Fit For Kids!, for his excellent shot and also earned bragging rights.
Here’s his eloquent description of the historic moment that he posted on his Kevin Sorbo Official Facebook Page:
“I got a hole in one on Lakeside number 6, 174 yards with a 7 iron! High, slight fade just missing the tree guarding the left half of the green, landing softly 6 feet left of the flag, taking a small bounce and rolling into left side of the cup! Thank you very much!!”
Geez, I feel like I was there! Congratulations!!!!!
Hmm, Kevin, could there be another book in you, this time about golf?!
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(Photo courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)
Fabulous news, everyone! The Official European Kevin Sorbo Fan Club (OEKSFC) extended their donations deadline for the Kevin Sorbo Golf Tournament Fan Sponsorship/OEKSFC Birthday Project to September 30! Yeah!!! They also extended the deadline for their fabulous annual free online Birthday Book that comprises your messages to Kevin for his upcoming September 24, birthday to same.
And since the Tournament isn’t scheduled until next year, the OEKSFC will graciously reopen the donations after Christmas, date to be announced, so that we have more time to achieve our ultimate goal of sponsoring a golfer. How cool is that???
So, if you can’t give now in time for Kevin’s birthday that’s OK. You have another chance after the holidays to help him and WFIT.
Woweee! Lots of opportunities to show Kevin some love, especially since everyone knows how much he HATES birthdays! (You’ll be kind to him, won’t you?)
The joint effort, celebrating its second year, benefits Kevin’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit foundation, A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT), by raising funds for his 4th Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament next spring, 2013 (date to be determined). Together, we hope to raise enough funds to sponsor a golfer like we did last September, 2011, or possibly more!
As many of you know, Kevin is WFIT’s spokesperson as he has been since 1997. He actively participates in the foundation, having previously served as its Board of Directors Chairperson, and travels to Washington, D.C., annually in his efforts to obtain government recognition and support for afterschool programs.
“You know, all I can say is I love what it’s doing,” Sorbo said of WFIT. “At least we’re proving that we can improve kids’ education and fight obesity and get kids ready for the real world. We have a proven track record with a 98% graduation rate with a school system that has a 54% dropout rate. I’ve been to Washington; I’ve talked to D.C. congress people. I said, ‘What is it that I’m doing that you guys can’t do with a stroke of a pen? Wake up!’ You know? It’s ridiculous.”
WFIT is a leading provider of healthy behaviors and personal empowerment programming and training that result in a triple bottom line for participants regarding obesity reduction, increased graduation rates and work readiness/jobs. It provides purposeful physical activity and action-learning opportunities that help youth to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to make healthy choices that last a lifetime. Their programs intentionally integrate youth development principles with physical activity in order to positively impact the lives of students and the adults who work with them.
One such student, Gilberto Castellon, a native of inner-city Los Angeles, participated in WFIT throughout his scholastic career. He began in the afterschool program, completed the Teen Fit for Success training and an advanced fitness and nutrition program, and was an Assistant Coach/Mentor for WFIT elementary school programs before becoming a peer mentor and family advocate for healthy choices.
Castellon was the first teen member of the WFIT Board of Directors. In 2007 when the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness awarded WFIT the Gold Medal for its positive impact on children and youth, former Governor (Arnold) Schwarzenegger presented Gilberto with his own Gold Medal for his work with other kids.
Castellon traveled to Washington, D.C., in September, 2007, where he was one of only four young people to take part in a youth panel convened by the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. The panel was an opportunity for youth leaders who had designed, led or participated in community youth programs that address obesity issues and healthy living to share their experiences. The 18-member committee, comprised of national leaders in public health, public policy, medicine, nutrition, and physical activity, listened as the students offered their perspectives about what makes a successful program.
“The program impacted me in so many ways it’s hard to pick just one,” said Castellon, “but, the fact that I was given a chance to prove myself helped me. It showed me that I was mature and responsible. I was given a chance and ran with it to create success in school and help my community.”
Castellon graduated from Belmont High School with honors in June, 2008, and received a scholarship to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His motivation, accomplishments and commitment to health, education and positive choices made him a role model for others.
“I’ve been doing WFIT for 15 years now,” explained Sorbo, “and it’s a good program. We won an award from Governor Schwarzenegger for having the Best Afterschool Program in the state of California. We’re going nationwide with it now.
“We have a golf tournament every year that’s doing great. It’s just getting bigger and bigger every year. We get a good group of people. It’s fun!”
Please consider donating to the 4th Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament and WFIT.
Together we can make this happen! Together we can make the World Fit for Kids!
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(Banner art and Kevin photo by Anne G. All rights reserved.)
Singer/songwriter Steve Azar assists many charitable organizations in his native Mississippi Delta as well as in Nashville, TN. His Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation primarily focuses on Catholic organizations that help sick, disadvantaged or abused children. He conducts toy, clothing and food drives annually, and presents fundraising shows for his foundation. His four-day annual “Magnolia” celebrity event highlights the arts, music and food that define Delta blues culture.
An avid golfer, he also participates in charity golf tournaments. Kevin Sorbo’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) is no exception.
Two years ago, Azar participated in and performed at Sorbo’s first tournament. He truly enjoyed the experience, and graciously spoke about it with this writer in June, 2011.
SW: Please tell me a little about your friendship with Kevin.
SA: Kevin’s a dear friend and I have great respect for him. We’ve become friends over the years. Obviously, golf has been a common thread for us to get to know each other; that’s how we met. It’s interesting. We’ve all become friends through the game of golf and doing charity events; they sort of go hand-in-hand.
SW: I know you played Kevin’s Tournament in the past…
SA: I didn’t get to go last year because I was on tour. It killed me. He changed the date, and he changed it right on top of one my busy times on the road. And then this year, I said, “Kevin, you’re doing it again!” But, I did play the first year. I know all about him, WFIT, and his passion for children, and we both have kids and we both know the benefits and importance of parents getting to spend time with their kids. So, I think we both share that passion.
SW: How did you get involved with the Tournament that year?
SA: We met being celebrity guests at the BMW (Charity Pro-Am) in Greenville, SC, and we just hit it off. I think Kevin started to dig my music and I’ve always dug him as an actor. Even now I’m so proud of him. People are starting to see his talent, and are taking it to a different place. And I guess when you have one of the biggest shows in the world on T.V. (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), you can get pigeonholed a little bit, just like I get pigeonholed sometimes in the country (music) format and I have more of a blues rock background. But, we live in boxes in the (entertainment) industry, and sometimes it takes a minute for people to know that there’re other parts to us, a bigger variety. It sort of penalizes us, but, I like to think that it also opens some doors to a complete career. That’s how we met and we just hit it off.
SW: And Kevin said, “I’m having this Tournament, why don’t you come and play?”
SA: It’s how it all happens. It starts with one and that’s how you meet. I’ve met everybody. Then at all of these events you meet people that have their own charities, foundations and events and then we just start helping each other.
It’s interesting. Kevin and I have a friend, Javier Colon, who’s going to win “The Voice,” and he’s been a friend of ours for years. So, every once in a while something great happens to somebody that’s really great. And so, this is an exciting moment for all of us. And Kevin in (the film) Soul Surfer – my wife and little girl came home and said, “He was unbelievable!”
And we’re so proud of Kevin because it was a great movie and it mattered. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here. He’s a hard-working guy. He’s probably intuitive with his own career and he’s going to have great moments with his great things. I’m a journeyman like Kevin (in) that we know our success. The greatest satisfaction is within your own soul and heart and your peers who really respect it.
Watch this blog for a more in-depth interview with Azar.
See Azar’s website for more information and news about his exciting upcoming release of “Delta Soul:” http://www.steveazar.com/
Register to golf in or sponsor the 3rd Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament, September 23-25, at the Silverado Resort in Napa, CA: http://www.worldfitforkids.org/golf/
(Photo courtesy of Steve Azar)
Aerospace engineer Burt Rutan has designed some of the most important space innovations during his illustrious career. He has won the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, Charles A. Lindbergh Award, and two Collier Trophies for his work. He was included in Time magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” and named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc. magazine. Newsweek has described him as “the man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer.”
The aeronautical genius spent decades creating new ways to travel. He designed the legendary Voyager, the first aircraft to circle the world nonstop without refueling, and developed the Ultralite, an all-composite 100mpg show car for General Motors, and Proteus “affordable U-2” aircraft.
Rutan made international headlines in 2004 as the designer of SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately-built manned spacecraft to reach space for which he won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in the X Foundation’s competition to spur the development of affordable space tourism. The Discovery Channel featured SpaceShipOne’s exciting development and launch in two Peabody award-winning documentaries, including “Black Sky: The Race for Space.” A “60 Minutes” profile entitled, “Burt Rutan: An American Original,” aired in November, 2004, and has been re-aired twice by CBS.
The recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees is the founder and CEO of Scaled Composites, the most aggressive aerospace research company in the world that has developed and tested a variety of groundbreaking projects from military aircraft to executive jets. Based in Mojave, CA, the firm showcases some of the most innovative, energy-efficient designs ever flown.
Rutan also loves golf, and has participated in Kevin Sorbo’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) since its inception three years ago. He plans to attend again this year.
“It’s a great cause for sure,” said Rutan. “Also, the parties for the tournament are World Class. You will not forget the fun you had at the event, I promise. There are great venues and great fellow competitors. Everyone returns for more!”
Sign up to golf and meet Burt Rutan at this year’s 3rd Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament, September 23-25, at Eagle Vines Golf Course, Silverado Resort, Napa Valley, CA. Contact Event Producer Lonnie Mintz via telephone at 818-880-5511 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
Read the complete interview with Burt Rutan: http://tinyurl.com/43x5qbz
Let Them Play is a California charity that provides children with no financial means the opportunity to play organized sports. The organization has a cool auction item currently on ebay that benefits the Kennedy High School Football program in , while giving some lucky winner and a guest an exciting time at Kevin’s upcoming 3rd Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament, September 23-25, in Napa Valley, CA. Wow! Get your bid in NOW. It’s Kevin’s birthday… What a great gift for him and yourself!
Here are the details:
Starting Bid: $300.00
Last day: Aug 18, 2011, 12:29:16 PDT
Item number: 280723073402
Shipping: FREE Economy Shipping
Delivery: Estimated between Mon., Aug. 22, and Fri., Sep. 2
All payments should be made in US Funds via PayPal within 48 hours of winning the auction.
Meet Kevin Sorbo! Attend Kevin Sorbo’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Birthday Dinner on Saturday, September 24, in Napa Valley, CA. Winner and guest will attend the Celebrity Golf Tournament at Eagle Vines Golf Course and Kevin’s Birthday Dinner at the Silverado Resort. Winner and guest will also receive a private meet-and-greet with Kevin at the event. No transportation or accommodations are included.
Let Them Play is committed to providing children who otherwise couldn’t afford it with the opportunity to play organized sports. Proceeds from this auction will benefit the Kennedy High School Football program in La Palma, CA. Due to lacking funds the school has decided to do away with their Freshman and JV Football programs. Let Them Play is committed to helping the Kennedy High School Football program raise the funds that are necessary to keep their all important Freshman and JV programs active.
We feel organized sports are a very important part of a child’s life. They offer children many physical, social and personal benefits. Fitness, stress relief, attitude control, leadership, long-term thinking, teamwork, diversity and resilience are just some of the benefits of youth organized sports. With technology rapidly growing, kids are spending an increasing amount of time on the internet and playing video games. Organized sports help keep kids away from online predators and violent video games. They are also a great way for children to make long lasting friendships. The children that cannot afford to play are not just from inner cities. This problem affects kids in cities of all economic classes. To raise funds, Let Them Play will be auctioning off a variety of items ranging from unique one-of-a-kind experiences, meet and greets and hard to get tickets and products. Proceeds from the auctions will be given to selected youth sports organizations from all over the country.
As you know this year’s Fan Sponsorship for Kevin’s 3rd Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit A World Fit For Kids (WFIT) has joined the Official European Kevin Sorbo Fan Club (OEKSFC) Birthday Project to support this great event. Together we have raised awareness of WFIT and collected some nice donations already. Thank you so much, everyone!
The OEKSFC posted this message on their website outlining our goal:
Kevin was very touched by our suggestion of a sponsorship and thought this would be a great idea (e.g. a single player: $1,100, a foursome: $4,000), so we hope to be able to grant his wish with the help of our donations; it will then be up to Kevin who benefits from the sponsorship.
All names of those who have donated, together with their countries and the total amount received, will be sent to Kevin on a special card at the end of the project.
But, we need your help. Please consider donating via the OEKSFC website.
And spread the word that Kevin needs golfers and sponsors!
Use your Twitter and Facebook pages and various Social Media sites, blogs, websites and other means to help him, yes? Together we can do this for Kevin and WFIT!!
Here are the links to donate and for more information: