Golfers Who Give Back

If there's a trait shared by seemingly every do-gooder we've come across in the three years Golf Digest has been celebrating Golfers Who Give Back, it's modesty. What Morgan Freeman told us in 2012 about not wanting to pat himself on the back for giving back is a refrain we've heard repeatedly. Millions of golfers give back, whether they think about it or not. Some play in charity events or act as big brothers. Others run tournaments and the foundations they support. In some way, all of them contribute to the $4 billion a year golf raises for important causes. "If life's been good to you," Freeman says, "you should be good to life." Our Golfers Who Give Back 2014 honorees are doing just that.
Johnny Manziel

JOHNNY MANZIEL

The NFL's most celebrated backup quarterback is also serious about his golf and the non-profit organization, Charlie's Angels 413, that supports Charlie Dina in his fight against neuroblastoma.
President George W. Bush

GEORGE W. BUSH

Golf Digest honors President George W. Bush for his involvement in the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative. Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde interviewed the president on Oct. 1 at his Warrior Open at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.
Stephanie Gilmore

STEPHANIE GILMORE

Five-time world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore works with the Quiksilver Foundation to help locals set up an irrigation systems, educational, health and youth-related projects. She's also an ambassador for Movember, Sea Shepherd and SurfAid International.
Chris O'Donnell

CHRIS O'DONNELL

Chris O'Donnell works with REDF, the California-based nonprofit that finds jobs for people facing the greatest barriers to work (dropouts, ex-cons, the homeless and the mentally ill).
Randall Stephenson

RANDALL STEPHENSON

AT&T'S connection to golf isn't just a matter of tying its name to events such as the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Byron Nelson Championship for marketing purposes. Those sponsorships ultimately fund Monterey Peninsula Foundation grants and the Momentous School and Institute in Dallas.
Stephen Curry

STEPHEN CURRY

In addition to Stephen establishing his ThanksUSA tournament for scholarships in California's Bay Area, where he led the Golden State Warriors in scoring, assists and steals last season, Curry is an ambassador for Nothing But Nets (NBN), a foundation that combats malaria among refugees across Africa.
Ryan Sheckler

RYAN SHECKLER

The World skateboarding hero Ryan Sheckler is effectively using his celebrity to give back. The Sheckler Foundation benefits underprivileged children and other pediatric causes, as well as injured action-sports athletes.
Robert Garrigus

ROBERT GARRIGUS

Robert Garrigus overcame addictions to become a winner on the PGA Tour. Now he's starting a fund to help caddies who have been less fortunate.
Emeril Lagasse

EMERIL LAGASSE

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has distributed more than $5.5 million to children's charities and to inspire at-risk youths. "It's all about the kids," he says. "If you don't give back to them, how can anything evolve?"
Jim Cantore

JIM CANTORE

The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore plays in as many charity events as he can, for favorite causes ranging from Boys & Girls Clubs to the South Carolina charities supported by the "Monday After the Masters." Active on behalf of research to combat Fragile X syndrome, which affects his two children, Cantore hopes to host a tournament eventually.
John Watson

JOHN WATSON

The Chevron chairman and CEO John Watson understands the benefits of tying math to golf: His company's multimillion-dollar education initiatives range from classrooms to golf tournaments.
Supercross Star: Jeremy McGrath

JEREMY MCGRATH

Inspired by his wife's battle with breast cancer and leukemia, the King of Supercross is helping find life-saving marrow matches.
Game Changers: Amateur Golfers

AMATEUR GOLFERS

Building on the momentum of last year's debut of the Game Changers: Golfers Who Give Back franchise, Golf Digest features amateur golfers who care about more than their score.
Michael Phelps

MICHAEL PHELPS

'I was just a kid with a dream... I want kids to know dreams can come true.'

Editor's Letter

GOLFERS WHO GIVE BACK

What do Olympic great Michael Phelps, President Bill Clinton and actors Michael J. Fox and Morgan Freeman have in common? Aside from gracing our December cover in a special split-cover issue, they're all avid golfers, and they're all public figures who use their high profiles to help the needy. Here, Golf Digest proudly introduces a new franchise, Game Changers: Golfers Who Give Back. Read more about the charitable work of these four famous amateurs, from helping kids learn to swim to finding a cure for Parkinsons Disease. Plus, discover 20 others golfers who give back, including professional golfers and athletes, entertainers, musicians, politicians and corporate executives.
Bill Clinton

BILL CLINTON

'Just when you get ready to give up, something wonderful happens.'

Michael J. Fox

MICHAEL J. FOX

'Now I feel like I belong to something. I'm not alone.'

Morgan Freeman

MORGAN FREEMAN

'If life's been good to you, then you should be good to life.'

Cristie Kerr
From Professional Golf

CRISTIE KERR

'I don't plan on retiring from golf anytime soon, but the thing I want to be remembered for is helping people.'

Harris Barton
From Professional Sports

HARRIS BARTON

From rings to research: Ex-49er stays on the offensive against brain cancer
Martin Senn
From The Business World

MARTIN SENN

For Zurich CEO, work in New Orleans is 'about a lot more than writing a check.'