By Jeff Shearer
Usually, Jason Dufner receives medals and trophies. This time, he awarded them.
Before heading to Augusta National in pursuit of the Masters’ green jacket, the former Auburn golfer returned to campus Saturday for the second annual Dufner Dash.
More than 250 runners participated in the 5K and Fun Run, supporting the Jason Dufner Foundation’s efforts to end child hunger.
“I think it’s just a huge need right here in Lee County,” Dufner said. “It’s definitely a nationwide need. For me living here in Auburn, being part of the Auburn community, I felt like it was important to be part of that and try to make things better for these kids and make a difference right here in Auburn.”
Dufner, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, presented medals, posed for pictures and greeted finishers.
The Dash began on Donahue Avenue next to Plainsman Park, finishing behind home plate, a reminder to runners that their participation puts food on plates in nearby homes.
Each week, the Dufner Foundation provides 1,200 weekend meals for students at seven elementary schools in Lee County.
Auburn student-athletes and Athletics department staffers prepare the backpacks each Thursday at Auburn Arena.
— JDufner Foundation (@JasonDufnerFdtn) March 31, 2016
“The Dufner Dash is more than just a 5K; it’s actually putting food in the tummies of so many deserving children here in Lee County,” said Bonnie Upright, Executive Director of the Jason Dufner Foundation.
“We estimate that through this year’s Dufner Dash, nearly 25,000 food items will be provided to children experiencing food insecurity,” she said. “With thousands more kids in need of our help, we are grateful that the community continues to take steps to end child hunger in the area, both literally and figuratively.”
Dufner, the 2013 PGA Champion, is seeking his second major championship this week in Georgia.
In the fall, Dufner will host his third annual Celebrity Golf Classic, raising more support in the fight against child hunger.
“We’re excited about what we’re doing,” Dufner said. “We’re trying to grow and take care of all these kids and make sure that no child is left hungry here in Lee County.”
Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @jeff_shearer