Although he finished the weekend in second place, for mogulist Nate Roberts of U.S. freestyle team one of the most rewarding parts of being invited to compete in the Phoenix Celebrity Classic golf tournament was being able to donate his time to benefit the Foundation for Blind Children.
ALTHOUGH HE finished the weekend in second place, for mogulist Nate Roberts of U.S. freestyle team one of the most rewarding parts of being invited to compete in the Phoenix Celebrity Classic golf tournament was being able to donate his time to benefit the Foundation for Blind Children.
"I was in the live auction at the last dinner for a week's vacation of skiing in Vail," Roberts said. "I'm going to take a day out of my schedule this winter and fly to Vail to have a ski day with the family who bid $8,000 for me to go to the Foundation for Blind Children."
Roberts, who took less than a month to prepare to golf in the event, competed against celebrities like 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team basketball player Clyde Drexler, 44th Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle and former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, all in an effort to raise money for the foundation.
"It was a pretty incredible experience from start to finish, but being in the same room with all the great athletes and to hear about the foundation and what it takes to help those kids survive was great," Roberts said.
According to Roberts, who hopes to some day have a foundation of his own to benefit either breast cancer research or childhood education, he would gladly give more time to help out those in need.
"I wish I could do more to help. Donating a day of my time, even if it's during my ski season, is not even an issue," Roberts said. "I'd do it more if I could and hopefully down the road I'll have opportunities like this again."
In the end, Roberts was thankful to have been able to be a part of the weekend of golfing and charity.
"I would have to say that I am a lucky kid to have all the opportunities I've had in life. All the amazing experiences I've had through my career and my success has been amazing," Roberts said. "But, this had to be one of the top experiences of my life. Just those five days in Phoenix at the golf tournament."