Three-time Major Champion and Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, Padraig Harrington, will ‘Wear the Laces’ for Special Olympics this week at The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s. Harrington will attempt to win The Open Championship for a third time this week after victory in 2007 and 2008.
Harrington has been proudly wearing the Special Olympics emblazoned red shoe laces at recent tournaments in the UK and USA, including the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the US Open in San Francisco, the Irish Open at Royal Portrush and last week at the Aberdeen Assets Management Scottish Open in Inverness. Harrington wears the laces to show his support for Special Olympics and to highlight the movement’s message of respect, acceptance and inclusion for all people with intellectual disabilities.
Padraig Harrington:“I hope by wearing the Laces for Special Olympics I will not only raise awareness but also show my support for the athletes, families, coaches and volunteers who are the heartbeat of the Special Olympics Movement. I encourage fans of golf everywhere to also wear the laces and show their support for the athletes of Special Olympics.”
As a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics since May 2010, Harrington has conducted a number of golf clinics for Special Olympics athletes and coaches across the world. Last week at the Aberdeen Assets Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links, Inverness, Harrington was awarded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1995 Commemorative Silver Coin in recognition of his work with Special Olympics athletes and his commitment to the organisation.
Padraig Harrington explains here why he Wears the Laces