Back to school, college football, a long list of weekend chores, and, of course, the continued uncertainty about the economy: there are plenty of excuses for not playing golf this weekend.
But there is one reason to play that trumps them all.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday all qualify as Patriot Golf Day: times when your local club will act as a vehicle for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a charity started by Maj. Dan Rooney, PGA professional and combat fighter pilot. Folds of Honor supports families of our fallen heroes, providing scholarships and other much-needed assistance to the widows and children of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
There are plenty of charities tugging at our time and our purse strings. And after 11 years of war, it's tough to still think about war and the warriors who fight it. But a round of golf is easy, and a donation to Folds of Honor will mean a lot.
I'll be at two SEC football games this weekend as well as playing Mr. Mom after my lovely bride flies out to Bentonville, Arkansas on Saturday. Still, I will carve time out of my schedule to play, and money out of my budget to give.
For those inclined to read the Bible, I would point you to James 1:27, which reads, "Religion that God our Father accepts are pure and fautless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
For those who aren't, I will leave you with this: Do well by doing good. Play and give.
It's not that hard.