It’s that time of year, guys. On August 11th, Shawn Thornton will be teaming up for the fifth time with the American Parkinson Disease Association to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s patients through his annual golf tournament.
The tournament, cleverly dubbed the “Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s”, will feature a celebrity long-drive competition followed by eighteen holes of golf with the enforcer himself. The celebrities making appearances this year, in addition to Thornton’s former Bruins teammates Tuukka Rask and Daniel Paille, will include former Bruins enforcer Jay Miller and his old teammate Bob Sweeney, as well as Jermaine Wiggins, who won the Superbowl with the New England Patriots in 2001, Kevin Chapman, and Jenny Dell.
— Shawn Thornton FDN (@ThorntonFDN) July 14, 2014
The former Bruins enforcer will no longer be skating at TD Garden or dressing in the Black and Gold, but he will continue to do philanthropic work for the city of Boston. In a press release for the event, he spoke about how the city will continue to be a place that he loves and tries to make better:
“Boston will always be my home,” says Shawn Thornton. “Even though I’m not playing here, my Foundation will continue to fight to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s here in Massachusetts.”
Over the course of the past four tournaments, Shawn Thornton has raised over $200,000 for the Shawn Thornton Foundation and the American Parkinson Disease Association. The money he raises through his foundation is put towards finding cures for illnesses that Thorty feels strongly about, particularly cancer and Parkinson’s. The 36-year-old forward lost his grandmother to a 14-year battle with the latter, and subsequently started the Foundation in 2013 to help him better raise funds and awareness.
Thornton may be gone from the B’s, but he doesn’t plan to give up the immense amount of charity work he does in Boston. This past year alone, he “bullied” a number of his teammates into shaving their heads with him back in March, which raised a record $118,000 for children battling cancer, and the Shawn Thornton Foundation’s team at the 2014 Boston Marathon raised nearly $70,000.
It’s not just the big things, either. Thorty and his wife have been known to take sick children to dinner and the movies on holidays, and he regularly brings his teammates to visit the children. Here’s a rather touching, if terrifying, picture of the soul-eating Chara and a few other teammates visiting kids:
For those who want more information about the event, head over to the Shawn Thornton Foundation website. The site explains more about what the Foundation tries to achieve, and provides those who want to donate with an opportunity to do so.