Jared Allen swings into charity service

Jared Allen hosted a charity golf tournament to help his Homes for Wounded Warriors foundation this weekend. In typical Allen fashion, the golf tournament was anything but typical.

As one would imagine with a free spirit like Jared Allen, hosting a charity golf tournament is a little different than the average golf event where people are told to be quiet and photography is severely curtailed.

This weekend, Allen hosted the Night-Ops Charity Golf Tournament at Ancala Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Despite enduring 110 degree heat, athletes and celebrities were heckled in their backswings by Marines stationed at each tee box. Allen, who lives in Scottsdale in the offseason, created a foundation following his USO Tour to the troops in Iraq and Kuwait last year. He was moved by the plight of many returning injured soldiers and the purpose of the foundation is to raise money to build or modify homes for injured military veterans – Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors.

In a broadcast interview, Allen said "Unfortunately, people get hurt in war. When they come home, we're going to be there to fix their house or get them in a new house. We want to make them feel comfortable and have one less thing to worry about."

Just as Allen marches to the beat of his own drummer, so did his golf tournament. Allen said it best when he told participants prior to the start that "we tried to switch it up so it's not just another lame-ass golf tournament."

For more information on the foundation, go to jaredallen69inc.com for more information.


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