If you have watched or followed golf in the past two years there is a good chance you have seen three time major champion, Padraig Harrington on the television. You may have also noticed something that looks a little different on his XPS-1's and thought to yourself, "What are those big red laces in his FootJoy's?"
These laces are adorned with the Special Olympics logo and according to Padraig, "I am sending a message of respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities to millions of golf fans around the world”
Harrington has been very hands on during his time with the program, often visiting Special Olympic athletes and coaches to conduct golf training sessions.
Paddy became a spokesman for the Special Olympics back in May 2010 and selflessly demonstrates his support stating, "I am proud to be part of the Wear the Laces for Special Olympics initiative, tied together with my friends at Special Olympics; which I hope will raise awareness for the movement.”
The Wear the Laces campaign is simple: purchase red Special Olympics shoelaces online at www.wearthelaces.org and lace up your shoes!
The aim of the campaign is to raise vital funds and awareness for Special Olympics internationally, so that together we can create a world in which the largest disability population on earth leads healthy, vibrant lives, grounded in sports, health, and the determination to demonstrate their personal best to themselves and their communities.
You can order your laces online at http://www.gbnonline.co.uk/specialolympics or www.wearthelaces.org
Follow this campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/wearthelaces or Twitter @wearthelaces
The FJ Tour Insider is back and this week we are covering the Irish Open. The strong field and major-esque venue has created much buzz around this event, leading to the first ever sell out of a non-major European Tour event! With the British Open just around the corner, many FJ players are using this as a tune up for next month's major at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. FJ Ambassadors, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington are looking to give their thousands of local followers a good showing this week, hopefully with a win!
It should be a great week of golf on the rustic Northern Irish coastline.
Enjoy the slideshow!