AJ Gets In The Swing For Charity 30 September 2010--AJ Allmendinger was back in the swing of things on Thursday as he stepped up to the tee box once again to raise money in the Sprint/Tom Murphy Memorial Golf Classic ahead of this weekend's race...
AJ Gets In The Swing For Charity
30 September 2010--AJ Allmendinger was back in the swing of things on Thursday as he stepped up to the tee box once again to raise money in the Sprint/Tom Murphy Memorial Golf Classic ahead of this weekend's race in Kansas. Hosted at the National Golf Club of Kansas City, in Parkville, Mo., the event attracted scores of NASCAR participation by everyone from Mike Helton to Scott Speed. The event will benefit several charitable organizations including Victory Junction Camp, one that's close to the Richard Petty Motorsports heart.
Tom Murphy was a family man and was also known as business leader and civic humanitarian. He was VP of Brand Marketing for Sprint at the time of his passing in August, 2009 in a freak accident while traveling home from a family vacation.
It was written that "his wisdom, infectious personality and fun-loving spirit continue to have an effect on all of those with whom he came in contact, including countless friends and colleagues at Sprint."
The Tom Murphy Memorial Golf Classic, which has raised nearly $4 million for charity since its inception in 2003, will benefit a number of charities that recognize and support the legacy left by Murphy. Net proceeds from the tournament will benefit the American Red Cross, the Thomas E. Murphy III Scholarship Fund and Victory Junction Kansas City, as well as two charities where Murphy served on the board of directors - the NASCAR Foundation and Turning Point.
The event also benefits from corporate support from Best Buy, who also had a presence on the course with several employee representatives participating. The event had raised over one million dollars as of the tee-off time Thursday morning.
"Obviously I don't need any kind of excuse to go golfing, but when you can do it for something good like this, it's all the better," said AJ. "We are lucky to have partners like Best Buy and Sprint, and the the fact that they do these kinds of things shows how much they want to help and give back to the community. I've been playing some golf in the last few weeks, but I think I might need more practice to beat some of these guys! Thanks to Sprint for inviting me, and hopefully we can raise some money and have some fun today."
For more information about the tournament or to make a donation, visit TomMurphyClassic.com. To learn more about the charitable organizations the tournament benefits, visit: redcross.org, nascar.com/foundation, victoryjunction.org and turningpointkc.org.
AJ will be back in action this weekend with the No. 43 Ford Fusion in the Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at Kansas Speedway. AJ scored his first-ever top-ten at the track in 2008 and enters the weekend on the strength of three consecutive top 12 finishes.
-source: walldinger racing