Na Yeon Choi (@nychoi87) has dedicated herself to charitable efforts and giving back throughout her professional career and continuously gives back to the communities who she believes have served her.
The 2012 U.S. Women’s Open champion brainstormed ways to give back to the place where she won her first major championship last season and decided to donate $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Sheboygan, Wisc. A past visit to the Boys and Girls Club in Toledo showed her the influence the organization has on its members.
“I went to Boys & Girls Club in Toledo, and I tried teach kids for playing golf and they loved it,” said Choi.
“I got good vibes from there. I just think right away, decide right away I want to try to help them. That's why I choose Boys & Girls Club.”
Choi said she made a promise to her dad early in her career that she would consistently pay it forward to those in need, a position she’s too familiar with considering her humble upbringing in South Korea.
“Actually, I started to donate in 2005 when I just turned pro in Korea,” said Choi. “I was 17 years old, and I promised my dad when I earn money I would like to give back to them. Because when I was young, my family didn't have much money for playing golf at the moment, so many good people helped me for playing golf.”Choi was joined on stage to present the check by the organization’s Executive Director, Bob O’Hara, Director of Operations, Gwen Goebel and Kim Zue who was named the Youth of the Year.