May 13, 2016
File this under the heading of Jordan Spieth once again doing the right thing. This latest example comes from a cause close to Spieth’s heart.
Spieth attended an event hosted by Webb Simpson’s caddie Paul Tesori on Wednesday before the Players at Sawgrass Country Club. The event for the Tesori Family Foundation was held by The First Tee of Jacksonville for special-needs children.
Spieth’s close bond with his sister, Ellie, who has special needs, is well-documented. But perhaps not as well known is Tesori’s 2-year-old son, Isaiah, who struggled in his infancy after being born with an extra chromosome. Isaiah was then diagnosed with Down syndrome, thus the Tesoris’ involvement with their foundation, as documented here by Golfweek’s Jim McCabe.
To support the foundation, the 22-year-old two-time major champion talked to the parents and children, hit some golf balls, and showed his support for Tesori and the cause. He was joined by Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
Pretty impressive for Spieth — just hours before one of the biggest tournaments of the year.
“He didn’t have to do this,” Tesori told McCabe. “But it’s the type of person he is. It was really, really cool of him. It means a lot to us.”
It’s always nice to hear the heartwarming stories about the athletes we cover. It seems with Spieth, that narrative continues to grow organically.