US Open Champ Gary Woodland expressed his gratefulness to the U.S. soldiers for their service.
Woodland wore patriotic Puma golf shoes that had the stars and stripes on the side. He also wore Volition America clothing which collaborated with the Folds of Honor Foundation which was started by Maj. Dan Rooney.
Woodland explains how the Major has been an influence on his life, “He’s gotten me to understand that freedom isn’t free. There’s men and women who sacrifice and do so much for us so I can go out and play a game of golf and live my life under freedom.”
He explained that the reason why he partnered with Puma and Volition America was so he could give back to the US military members and their families for the sacrifices they’ve made.
Folds of Honor is a nonprofit that gives scholarships to the families of U.S. service members. Volition America will double it’s a contribution to the Folds of Honor Foundation because of Woodland’s support.
Woodland continued to talk about the significance of winning the U.S. Open on Father’s Day, “My dad had me on the golf course. It was just something I could do with my dad. My dad worked nights. When I got home from school I was able to go hang out with my dad and play some golf. I played baseball, basketball. Whatever it was I got to spend time with my dad before he went to work at night. … I loved every second of it.”
When asked how his dad felt, he stated, “He was at a loss for words. He was tearing up. This is something I think he’s dreamed of since I was born and it was special for him to be there.”