On Par For Our Youth

By MATT ANDERSON | Your Voice Contributor

Baseball is a game that requires great determination and a strong mental focus for success. Life is a journey that requires the same skill set to put an individual in a position to succeed. Personally, I have been blessed with the opportunity to pitch over five years at the Major League level and have enjoyed much support through my young life with a strong family core and dedicated, loving parents.

My name is Matt Anderson and I am currently enrolled at the University of Louisville as a sports administration student under the guidance of Gary Bernstein. I was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1997 out of Rice University as the number one overall draft pick, and I was born and raised right here in Louisville. I look forward to law school at the university after I have completed my undergraduate requirements. But enough about me.

Since 1917, The Metro United Way has striven to improve lives and our community by engaging people to give, advocate and volunteer. Greg Hudelson, community coordinator at Metro United Way, is ensuring success with his deep involvement as liaison and facilitator to help educate and inform the many volunteers associated with a very important upcoming event. Attending our class and instilling his innovative approach has proven to be extremely beneficial. The University of Louisville, the first city-owned public university in the United States, has been educating the young adults of our city since its founding in 1798 and currently enrolls students from 118 of the 120 counties in Kentucky.

Recently, these two foundations have teamed up for a great cause that I am honored to tell you about: the University of Louisville–Metro United Way Charity Golf Scramble at Persimmon Ridge. Ladies and gentlemen, on Monday, Oct. 22, you will have an opportunity to support this event and help ensure the success and well-being of the youth who need our support and guidance the most.

Sponsorship for this event is still being accepted. Many companies and individuals have already stepped up to the plate with generous donations. Aspen Creek on Bardstown Road has donated a delicious steak dinner. Puccini’s has agreed to prepare lunch to keep the golfers’ and volunteers’ bellies full as the competition heats up on the links. Craig and Landreth Cars have teamed up to sponsor a hole-in-one site, where an eagle on our par three can have you driving away in a brand new car. These are just a few of our many sponsors who are eager to be a part of this exciting day. Our silent auction is filled with great items, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the kids and their future. “The donors and sponsors for this golf event are what make this successful,” stated Darwin Rivera, marketing coordinator for the scramble.

Now it is your turn. I am giving you the unique opportunity as Voice readers to be a part of two good organizations and one great cause. Show your support today by sponsoring a tee box for $200, securing a foursome for $600, making a cash donation or taking advantage of a variety of other opportunities. Please visit our website at www.fallgolfclassic.com for more information and contact me directly at mjanumber14@att.net to secure your spot in our Scramble and in our society.