A native of the state of Georgia, I have always looked forward to the annual Masters Golf Tournament which takes place in historical Augusta, Georgia every Spring. The azaleas, the singing birds, the dogwoods, and the fairways this past week were as stunning as ever for the 2015 contest. As the tournament neared the end, we were gathered with some friends last Sunday night for a pizza dinner and we were all calling out: “Is the kid going to win, is he going to win?”, when Jordan Alexander Spieth, age 21, won his first major at the 2015 Masters with a score of 270 (-18). He tied the 72-hold record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and became the second youngest to win the Masters, behind Woods.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve
That’s all amazing, but did you know that since his remarkable win, Jordan has been quoted as stating emphatically that it is his life’s desire to be remembered more for what he accomplished off the course than on it? This is true, and he has founded The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation and is already steering his efforts and winnings in three specific directions:
(1) Special Needs Youth and Education
(2) Military Families
(3) Junior Golf
The oldest of three children, a brother Steven who plays basketball for Brown and little sis, Ellie, Spieth credits Ellie with keeping him humble every day of his life. “She’s the funniest member of our family,” Jordan said. “It’s humbling to see her and her friends and the struggles they go through each day that we take for granted – their kind of lack of patience or understanding, where it seems easy for us and it’s not for them.” Ellie, age 14, has a neurological disorder linked to severe autism. Jordan sees that though she has many challenges in her life, she is never defeated by her disadvantage and he turns that into his advantage. Her journey has served as a touchstone for her older brother’s life, and Jordan calls his little sister his hero.
I just love hearing about people who make an intentional choice to have a positive impact on the world around them, in their sphere of influence. Spieth is a great example of that and we need more heroes in our world like Jordan Alexander Spieth! With all the bad news in the world today, it is wonderful to hear good news like this.
Dr. Phil McGraw is famous for saying: “Someone needs to step up and be a hero.”
This is no dress rehearsal and we only get one chance at this life here on earth.
How might you and I step up and be a hero by having a positive impact in our sphere of influence today?
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” Ralph Waldo Emerson