You don’t collect 34 career LPGA Tour victories (six majors) and more than $7 million in career earnings without being skilled at avoiding trouble on golf courses, water hazards included.

Hall of Famer Betsy King’s new mission in life — she said this is more significant than anything she ever accomplished with a golf club — is helping people avoid hazardous water.

King will visit Tulsa on June 16 to be honored as the 2014 female recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award.

Created in memory of a former Oklahoma State and three-time U.S. Olympic basketball coach, Iba Awards are presented annually by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to male and female athletes who excel in their sport and who show, by their actions, a desire to help others.

King is helping on a global scale. Her primary charitable venture is Golf Fore Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing help and hope to children and women in African nations. She said more than $2.5 million has been raised thus far and the goal this year is to generate a million dollars in order to bring clean water to Zambia.

“Here I am living in the desert of Arizona where it rains about nine inches a year and I don’t have to ever think twice about where can I get clean water,” King said during a telephone interview.

But she said some people in African nations (and the task is often the responsibility of women and children) must walk up to five miles to find water and they might have to lug containers back and forth several times a day.

And, at the same time, it probably isn’t clean,” she said. “It may not be clean. And then you are faced with a choice of well, do I drink it to survive knowing that it could make me sick? It’s just something that I can’t even imagine.”

Source: LPGA Tour


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The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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