60 Feet 6- That’s an interesting name, isn’t it?
The 60 Feet 6 Foundation is an amazing foundation established by Major League pitcher, Derek Holland. (He formerly played for the Texas Rangers). The foundation originally raised funds to fight pediatric cancer but has now partnered with Guide Dogs for the Blind. The Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers (LSGDR) Dallas Club has a puppy in training, Dutch, raised by Henry Roberts (and family). “The Dutch Oven” is Derek’s nickname and he sponsored this puppy and therefore it was named after him.
Every year, this Foundation hosts a celebrity golf tournament. Henry, Dutch, and other Guide Dogs for The Blind puppies in training talked to all of the golfers as they made their way through the course and shared the tremendous impact that these dogs have on people’s lives who have visual impairments and why fundraising is so important.
I had the honor of being asked to speak at the tournament. I was given a very short time frame and I wanted to really try and share the impact a guide dog has made on my life. I got a little nervous at one point, but I was overall pretty happy with it. I also had the pleasure of getting to know Derek Holland. He is such a wonderful guy with a huge heart.
(There were some other famous people there too including Ranger closer Sam Dyson, former Ranger Michael Young and former NBA dunk champion Spud Webb)
Here is the speech.. the person recording cut off the first part of my introduction but here is the bulk of the speech.