Sports heroes support St. Jude

In addition to celebrities from the world of television, movies and entertainment, many sports heroes have also embraced the St. Jude cause.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods sponsored a library and an outdoor pavilion at Target House. In 1999, Tiger visited the hospital and participated in the Target House grand opening. His support of Target House and St. Jude was the first instance that Tiger’s charitable foundation ventured outside the realm of golf. “I was always taught to dream big,” he said. “The library will hopefully be a place that will inspire young people to chase their dreams.”

Olympic Champions

Olympic champion skaters Scott Hamilton, Tara Lipinski and Ekaterina (“Katia”) Gordeeva, as well as baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and NFL quarterback Joe Montana, are sports heroes who have been involved with Target House and St. Jude. A cancer survivor himself, Scott Hamilton donated the family fitness center and the arts and crafts room at Target House. Scott has visited St. Jude and Target House several times, and even emceed the expansion groundbreaking and grand opening celebrations.

Katia Gordeeva dedicated a garden on the grounds of Target House to the memory of her late husband and skating partner, Sergei Grinkov. “I want this tranquil place, filled with flowers and new life, to bring peace and renewed strength to families undergoing difficult times,” she said. “I want them to know that it is possible to go on, with hope and love in your heart.”

Tennis Greats

The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and Cellular South Cup, part of the ATP tour, has brought tennis stars like Michael Chang, Jan Michael Gambil, Andy Roddick, Mark Philapousis, Tommy Haas and Todd Martin to visit the kids at St. Jude. At the 2003 tournament, Anna Kournikova presented to St. Jude a $30,000 check that she won in a charity challenge at the U.S. Open.

More Sports Heroes

In 2001, Lee Trevino won $1 million in a hole-in-one contest and chose St. Jude as the charity to share the prize.

Joe Theismann has supported the work of St. Jude for several years and now serves on the Professional Advisory Board for ALSAC, St. Jude’s fund-raising arm. The board consists of volunteers — leaders in their field —  who provide guidance and support for the hospital’s fund-raising efforts.