San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been keeping busy this off-season in a variety of ways. Most recently he hosted his inaugural Against All Odds Golf Tournament at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto, CA, this week. The charity golf event helps Camp Taylor, which is a free camp for children with heart defects.
The event was a huge success as both Kaepernick and Camp Taylor helped raise over $200,000 in donations. The contributions came from 184 golfers and 335 dinner guests attending the event. Participants were able to bid on auction items at the dinner that included autographed memorabilia from Kaepernick.
Helping out Camp Taylor is personal for Kaepernick and his parents. His parents, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick, lost two sons at young ages due to heart defects. After experiencing their second loss of a child the Kaepernick’s adopted Colin into their family.
Colin said at the event,
This is something that has touched my heart because I probably wouldn’t be in this situation, I wouldn’t be with my family, if they hadn’t lost two kids to heart defects. So I think this is a big role in my life and where I’m at and how I’ve got here and I’m just blessed to be a part of it. What’s important is we come out, we support these kids, we support Camp Taylor, and really do everything we can to try and help them.
Camp Taylor was founded in 2002 by Kimberlie Gamino who also serves as the executive director. Gamino’s son was born with half a heart and she wanted there to be a free outlet for California children to play with other kids in similar situations. Camp Taylor is based in Salida, CA, which is an hour and a half east of San Francisco. The organization serves Northern and Central California.
Gamino on the success of the event,
We surpassed our goal for sure. We get to welcome more children through our gates now, which is the best gift we could give them and get from Colin.
The 49ers Faithful could not be prouder of Kaepernick and his efforts.
Picture of the event from Kaepernick’s Instagram account: