Golfing for Charity 7

Golf "Fore" Vets Tourney Assists Idaho Veterans

A day out at Warm Springs Golf Course served a dual purpose on March 30. The Golf “Fore” Vets tournament featured bogeys, birdies, the occasional bad slice and 68 golfers raising money for the Wishes for Warriors Corp.

“For a first-time event, it was awesome,” says John Russell, tournament director at Warm Springs Golf Course.

Together with sponsors, the 17 golf quartets raised $5,394 for the veteran-run, volunteer-operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Meridian.

“The best part is that these proceeds will help begin our newest education initiative: a veteran fund [through] Boise State University’s Veteran Services, as well as help fund two veteran adventures this fall,” says Brittney Marshall, Wishes for Warriors’ vice president of operations.

Wishes for Warriors’ mission is “to return hope and passion back into the lives of our combat-wounded heroes, through therapeutic outdoor adventures, awareness, education and passion, after experiencing a life-altering injury.” That mission has seen fruition in many forms: from meals, socks and jackets delivered to veterans at the Boise Rescue Mission to dream hunting or fishing trips in places like Oklahoma and Alaska.

To help support those initiatives, the Golf “Fore” Vets tournament came to life.

“Greg Williams, a business/HR graduate student and U.S. Army veteran at BSU … came to us with awesome ideas and suggestions to help grow our local reach,” Brittney says. “He connected us with Travis Hughes, the veteran services coordinator at BSU Veteran Services, to establish an emergency education fund for BSU veterans. Upon meeting, we immediately knew we wanted this event to help impact veterans at BSU.”

March’s outing was the first tournament of what organizers are planning to make an annual event. Plans are already being made for the next tournament in April 2020.

“Being an organization that operates nationwide, sending vets all over the place, it was so heartwarming to be welcomed by so many companies and people here in Idaho,” Brittney says. “The response we received was incredible. We cannot wait to continue to show how many lives are being impacted just by this event.”

Wishes for Warriors assists veterans across the U.S., but Brittney says the partnership with BSU Veteran Services on the new education fund will directly help local veterans.

“Sometimes, life throws lemons, and some of these veterans in school feel the need to quit school because of those lemons,” she says. “Things that interfere with the veteran’s success; that sometimes the [United States Department of Veterans Affairs] doesn’t cover. We are here to fix that.”

To learn more about Wishes for Warriors, including how to participate in its programs, donate or learn about next year’s Golf “Fore” Vets tournament, visit Wishes4Warriors.org.

Improve Your Swing

Warm Springs Golf Head Golf Professional Peter Nichenko offers these tips for upping your golf game for next year’s Golf “Fore” Vets tournament in late April 2020 (or your next time hitting the links).

“The key is swinging within yourself and being on balance,” he says.