World Series great helps Anchorage golf tourney tee off
Golfing for a good cause was the name of the game Thursday at the Anchorage Golf Course.
The annual Afognak Youth Charity Tournament teed off under a sunny sky. The proceeds benefited camps which teach children Alaska Native culture.
"In the '60's as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that resulted, we were displaced from our home community," said Malia Villegas, vice president of the Afognak Native Corp. "So, this is our one real chance to come back together for an extended amount of time as multiple generations to share food, to share culture, to share language, reconnect with our homeland, and our home place."
Also on hand was former Major League Baseball player Shane Victorino. The two-time World Series champion with the Red Sox viewed Thursday's visit as a homecoming.
"My wife grew up in Soldotna and (the) Kenai Peninsula," Victorino said. "We get to come back in the summer."
The two-time All-Star from Hawaii also understands the importance of maintaining one's heritage, and he's pleased to have the chance to discuss it.
"It's important when I get invited to come back, to speak, to be a light of hope at the end of the day for kids, and to be an inspiration, to say, 'You can do it if you put your mind to it,'" Victorino.
This is the tournament's third year.
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