INAUGURAL JENNIFER SONG SPIRIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO DECATUR NATIVE, JOHN SCHIRLE
LPGA pro onsite to present award
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, May 11, 2012- Former Symetra Tour and current LPGA professional Jennifer Song (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was onsite at the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur, Ill. on Thursday to present the new award that honors her charitable legacy in the Decatur community. The Jennifer Song Spirit Award Presented by Investment Planners, Inc. was awarded to John Schirle (Decatur, Ill.) for his widespread philanthropic endeavors in the local community. The award was established to recognize a Macon County resident who exhibits enthusiasm, integrity and perseverance beyond the ordinary to help children in the community develop their dreams through selfless giving – be it talent, money or time.
The award was established in March 2012 in tribute to Song’s selfless act of charity after winning the 2010 Tate & Lyle Players Championship. She stunned the crowd at the awards ceremony when she announced that she would donate a third of her winning purse to the community in which she competed in and had no prior affiliation with. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf organization each received nearly $5000.
“I am humbled that they have attached my name to this award and am delighted that there are so many people in the Decatur community who are willing to reach out and guide the younger generation,” said Song. “John has been such a positive figure in this community and is highly deserving of any recognition that comes his way.”
Schirle’s focus on his charitable efforts lies with the Webster-Cantrell Hall, whose mission is to serve children, youth and families in troubled circumstances. He has served as a tutor, story-teller, mentor, role model and friend for those involved with the association. He also currently runs a blog titled “Books for Boys” where he reads and writes book reviews geared toward helping boys get involved in reading.
Schirle will additionally be recognized on a plaque at Hickory Point Golf Club and donations of $500 will be made to the Decatur Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf organization.