Former Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck headlines Maggie's Memorial Golf TournamentPosted: Updated:
In the Southern Tier, many former and current professional athletes are just as dedicated on the sport's field as they are in helping the charities of Broome County. And on Friday, former members of NFL's Seattle Seahawks partnered with the Children's Home in Binghamton, to bring Broome the 13th Annual Maggie's Memorial Charity Golf Tournament.
Founder of the tournament, and former Seahawk linebacker, Isaiah Kacyvenski grew up on the Hillcrest campus with his loving mother Maggie. She was born an orphan at the Children's Home, where she was raised by nuns for 13 years.
Isaiah said because of the love and support from the Children's Home, his mother Maggie was driven to provide a better life for her children. And she was able to do that. "I never forgot the stories my mom told about the Home, and how it helped shape her," said Isaiah Kacyvenski.
But when Isaiah nearly finished his high school career at Union-Endicott, his whole world changed. On her way to watch her son play in a football game, Maggie was struck and killed by a truck as she walked along the roadway.
After that terrible moment, Isaiah said he focused harder than ever before to achieve his dreams in honor of his mother. Playing 7 seasons in the NFL, Kacyvenski was able to connect with other athletes who heard his story and create the charity golf tournament to benefit Maggie and her life's passions.
"The community around [the Southern Tier] has been amazing it really has lifted this tournament over the last 13 years to a sellout event," said Kacyvenski.
This year, a teammate of Kacyvenski headlined the tournament, Seattle's all-time leading passer Matt Hasselbeck. According to Matt, he was deeply honored to play in the Maggie Memorial Charity Golf Tournament after witnessing how much Maggie's legacy has impacted the lives of those around her.
"I played 18 years in the NFL, but I don't think I've ever come across someone like Isaiah. Maggie's impact on her son and the lives around her is just amazing," said Matt Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck went on to add, seeing many children who are in similar situations to Maggie's childhood meant that he had to attend the event. And give the Children's Home members hope for a brighter future.
"I do a lot of these events, but this event feels different. It really feels like it's about the kids and about the community, and it's about the Children's Home," said Hasselbeck.
If you would like more information on the Children's Home, and how you can help make a difference in the community, visit their website by clicking here for more details.