Honda Classic Cares funds charity of one-armed golfer Tommy Morrissey
Palm Beach Gardens (CBS12) —
PGA fans who come to Palm Beach County in late February have experienced how amazing the Honda Classic is as a golf tournament. But, all year long, the Honda Classic makes an amazing impact on the entire community, through the Honda Classic Cares initiative that's raised a record of over $4.5 million this year.
Young Tommy Morrissey is benefiting from that philanthropy during Honda Classic Cars Week. The 7-year old golf phenom from Palm Beach Gardens was born with one arm, but that has not stopped him from excelling on the golf course.
"It's all because of a good attitude," says Tommy.
The Honda Classic Cares charity recognized him on Wednesday by donating $15,000 to Tommy's UnLIMBited Foundation, a charity his parents have spearheaded, providing financial assistance to children who need limb-correction surgery. The Morrissey's are hoping to make a huge difference in the lives of children as they seek limb saving surgery in lieu of amputation.
"There's a lot of children that are being treated at the Paley Institute as we speak," says Tommy's mother Marcia Morrissey. "That maybe don't have hope for what their future holds. But they have sort of an ambassador, Tommy, and they see that anything is possible."
"He has embraced who is," says Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly. "And the example he sets for so many people around the world, truly around the world, it's extraordinary."
Honda Classic Cares also donated 5-thousand dollar to the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association Golf team, helping them pay for a trip to Scotland for the Junior Ryder Cup.