Darryl Strawberry Golf Tournament — Sept. 11, 2012

July 20, 2012 – On Tuesday Sept. 11, Darryl Strawberry will be hosting the sixth annual Darryl Strawberry Golf Tournament in Brookville, New York.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Darryl Strawberry Foundation, which is focused on ensuring quality of life for individuals affected by autism through the development of programs that focus on special education, socialization and independent skills training in a structured learning and caring environment.

Earlier today, I spoke with Strawberry on the phone about his dedication to helping families affected by autism. I left the conversation with an even greater level of respect for someone who I have long considered to be one of the most caring and kindest people in sports.

“I first interacted with kids with autism at an event in Long Island,” Strawberry said. “At that point, my wife and I immediately got involved and began helping their families. The things that the families of autistic children do for them are remarkable, and we just felt like it was something we wanted to help with.

“We really started the foundation because of how special the kids that are affected by autism are,” Strawberry continued. “We grew a close bond and connection to the kids we were around. I think a lot of people who have never experienced autism don’t realize how friendly the kids are. We were able to love them, and the kids became close to our hearts. They just allowed us to be their friends.”

As for this year’s golf tournament, if the first five outings (see photo below) are any indication, it will be a great day for everyone in attendance.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received over the last five years,” Strawberry said. “The celebrities, the golfers and the sponsors come together and have a wonderful time.

“I’ve seen so many of the golfers meet the celebrities, mingle with them and ultimately build relationships with them,” Strawberry continued. “Everyone is there to support a great cause and to have fun.”

Although I have not yet learned the game of golf, I will be on the links to support a great cause and the efforts of a remarkable person, Darryl Strawberry.

For more information on the outing, including the types of golf opportunities and non-golf opportunities that exist, go to www.fightforautism.org or email golf@darrylstrawberry.com.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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