Like many celebs and pro-athletes, female golfer Morgan Pressel's current cause is Japan following last month's devastating tsunami and earthquakes. In fact, she recently announced that she'll be donating 50 percent of her earnings in the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup in Tsukubamirai, Japan to the American Red Cross, which is helping with post-tsunami relief efforts. The 22-year-old explained her motivation for linking the golf tournament to her donation:
It is my hope that the tournament can help to boost the morale of everyone in the region. I look forward to defending my title and supporting the relief effort in the areas affected by this terrible disaster. Japan holds a special place in my heart and I am honored to be able to have the opportunity to give back to the country and its people.
Although this isn't the first time Pressel has used her pro-game to score funds for charity ...
Pressel, who became the youngest winner of an LPGA major when she won the Kraft Nabisco in 2007 at age 18, started raising money for breast cancer awareness after the disease claimed her mother Kathryn Krickstein Pressel's life seven years ago.
Morgan has raised nearly $2 million through her foundation, Morgan & Friends, to provide funding for breast cancer awareness, detection, and treatment. Funds have gone toward the purchase of a "mammovan," or a mobile diagnostic center that will travel through Palm Beach County in Florida, serving women who struggle to find time to visit their doctors or at nursing homes, etc.
How amazing is that? I'd say Pressel's drive to use her success to bolster charitable causes is worthy of more than just a golf clap.
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