• Birdies For Charity

  • Special Olympics Arizona

  • WM Phoenix Open

  • February 1st thru 4th


Goal: $1,000.00


My friends,

I need your help.

I am raising funds for my Special Olympics East Valley Golf program. We have 28 Special Olympics golfers that have a passion for playing golf. Each athlete plays on a team, typically with a parent or good friend, year round at many challenging courses in Arizona. This year we will be playing at Sun City CC, Omni National in Tucson, Antelope Hills in Prescott, Longbow in Mesa, Oak Creek CC in Sedona, Augusta Ranch in Mesa, and Whirlwind in Chandler. All of the funds raised will go to support this special year round golf program. These funds also enable us to participate in the Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Tournament if we are lucky enough to be selected. The National Tournament is 3 days and, like the PGA, we cannot use golf carts. So it can be very challenging.

I was born in Fremont, California and moved to Arizona 16 years ago and attended Knox Elementary, Willis Junior High and Hamilton High Schools (graduated in 2010) in Chandlerr. For the past three years I have been working at Albertsons supermarket in Chander. I started participating in Special Olympics Arizona sports in 2004 beginning with Track and Field. Since then I have participated in Special Olympics continuously and have enjoyed many different sports including golf, swimming, softball, bowling, flag football, floor hockey, track and field, basketball, kayaking and soccer. Currently, I participate in golf, bowling, soccer and softball. My fondest memories include participating in the Special Olympics North American Invitational Golf Tournament in 2012 and 2013 held in Arizona and New Jersey, respectively. I look forward to continued participation in Special Olympics Arizona activities for many years to come.

How can you help?

The Thunderbirds have given us a great opportunity to raise funds by matching all donations by an additional 10%. One hundred percent of the funds stay in our Special Olympics golf program and enable us to continue to play golf and improve our game. Your help comes from sponsoring me for $.01, $.02, $.03 or more per birdie. If you would like to write a check, please make payable to Thunderbird Charities and mail it to Special Olympics Arizona 2100 S 75th Ave Phoenix AZ 85043 attention Mary.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Pledge Now  
Donor Name Date Message
FMA Animal Hospital Bachman 1/18/2018 We are so proud of you participating in this event every year! You are awesome!!
Chris Roberts 1/18/2018 Good luck Matthew!!
Faye Fukuyama 1/18/2018 So happy to help you on your next golf ??????? tournament, Matte! Good luck! ????
Michele Dube 1/19/2018 We are so glad that you have the opportunity to be part of such an awesome event!
MIke & Shelly Yamashiro 1/21/2018 We are so proud that you are part of such a wonderful organization. Happy Golfing!
Greg Kerrick 1/23/2018 Good Luck Matthew!!!! Have a great time.
Edna Ethington 1/23/2018 Good luck playing in your golf fournaments! Uncle David and Aunty Edna
Edna Ethington 1/23/2018 Good luck in your golf tournaments, Matthew! Uncle David and Aunty Edna
Susan Wang 1/29/2018 Way to go Matthew!!
Ann Maki 2/19/2018 Great job, Matte!!