06/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2019 09:33
'It's a picture of 200 kids with their arms raised toward the sky,' Streelman says with a catch in his voice. 'I mean, I'll try not to get emotional thinking about it but like the fact that these kids, part of the other side of the world, who I've never met (get) just a little bit of help or having a chance to learn about Jesus, get clean water for the day, get some food, their family gets some medical attention.
'To be a little part of that is more important than whether I hit the green on 17 this week. It's been a special, special charity to me and my wife.'
And Streelman, who is one of several PGA TOUR players involved with Compassion, wants to do more. His goal is to raise enough money to build, furnish, equip, staff and sustain child development centers in two neighboring villages. Another 400 children and their families would be served.
'It gives the community a center to come together, to learn, to teach, to cook, to drink, to be safe, and most importantly, to have a chance,' Streelman says. 'What they're doing is out of control. It's amazing.'
Streelman's dream is big -- each facility will cost $27,000. So, he has worked with Compassion to put together a campaign to raise money for the centers.
Any and all donations are welcome, but Streelman has devised some incentives for giving. Anyone who donates $100 or more will receive a personally autographed photo of him. People who gift $1,000 or more will receive two tickets to a PGA TOUR event of their choosing (with limited exclusions) -- and if Streelman is entered in that tournament, he will do a meet-and-greet.
And the first generous soul who donates $10,000 and up to two of his or her friends will get to play golf with Kevin in Scottsdale, Arizona.
'That's how much it's on my heart to get this done,' the five-time TOUR winner says. '… If we don't quite get there, I would be willing to match whatever funds we do raise here.'
Streelman first learned about Compassion through his friendship with the members of the Christian rock band Tenth Avenue North. For the last six years the Duke graduate has co-hosted a very successful charity tournament in August with the group at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina.