Locke teeing it up for the troops

Jeff Locke is helping raise money for wounded military veterans through the “Tee It Up” for the Troops program.

A lot of NFL players lend their names to causes that are near and dear to them. Vikings punter Jeff Locke is no exception. Coming from a military family – his father and two grandparents served in the military – Locke announced this week that he will be participating in a charity to raise money for veterans and their families.

In a statement released on his sports blog, Locke wrote, “For a second year, it is great to announce my participation in The Longest Day of Golf for the Troops through TeeItUpFortheTroops.org on June 19. This organization raised money for military veterans and their families through golf events across the country.”

The Tee It Up For the Troops organization raises money to provide assistance dogs for veterans, as well as providing housing for families of servicemen and servicewomen who are ill or injured, fund youth camps for the children of military families, fund sports rehabilitation programs and provide family care and professional development.

Among the charitable organizations that are supported by the golf event include the Fisher House Foundation, Disabled Sports USA and Hope For the Warriors.

Last year, Locke raised more than $2,400 for his golf event. He hopes to double that amount this year. The event is named after the movie The Longest Day starring John Wayne which honored those veterans who fought and died on D-Day. To participate, golfers choose one day over the summer solstice weekend (June 19-21) and golf from the crack of dawn until sundown.

In its first year, the Tee It Up For the Troops program helped more than 22,000 military families, including 1,500 of the most severely wounded veterans.

Locke will be doing his part at an event at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn. on June 19. Participants are asked to raise $250 or more in pledged/donations, which will include at least 60 holes of golf, cart, gifts, prizes, lunch and beverages.

The Vikings have donated two V.I.P. pregame field passes and two lower-level game tickets for the Vikings-Kansas City game Oct. 18 to the person who donates the most money at Locke’s personal page on the Tee It Up For the Troops website.

At a time when a lot of players will be taking it easy the day after minicamp ends, Locke’s commitment to helping the troops is just one of many programs that NFL players are involved in behind the scenes that look to give back to those who have sacrificed for the United States to keep the U.S. a beacon of freedom throughout the world.

To register or for more information, go to Locke’s personal donation page.

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