Playing the Long Game 10

Randall Morris Works to Help Children and the Homeless—One Putt at a Time

Randall Morris might be best known as a former Seattle Seahawk running back who played in the mid-to-late ’80s, but for the last two decades, golf and charity have been his game.

As a young man, Randall was influenced by a couple of mentors—his high school coach and a family friend—who instilled values in him that he holds dear to this day.

One of those values is paying it forward.

“I have a platform here, where I’ve been a professional athlete and kids look up to athletes, and so there’s a hook there,” he says. “I got an automatic hook for getting the attention of the young folk. So, I said why not use it.”

Randall has been hosting his celebrity golf tournament for 11 years, with money raised going to the Burned Children’s Recovery Foundation, and more recently, Mary’s Place. Five years ago, with the support of his wife, Amanda, he decided to make his philanthropy official by starting the Randall Morris Foundation for Youth and Families. The charities were chosen for the personal significance they have for Randall and Amanda.

“There were people in my family that have been severely burned,” Randall says. “There are also people in my family that have been homeless—close family members. It’s just heartfelt to me.”

This year though, his golf tournament is a bit more. Due to the Pacific Northwest not having an active NFL Alumni Chapter, it has been ineligible to participate in the NFL Super Bowl of Golf, an NFL sponsored event that culminates in representatives of each of the 31 NFL teams playing golf against each other in Las Vegas. This year, the alumni chapter was rekindled, and Randall Morris’s golf tournament was awarded the qualifying tournament for the Pacific Northwest.

“My eyes lit up when they finally awarded it to me,” he says. “I was so honored, because there are so many other great tournaments here, and they gave it to me.”

The tournament was held September 11 at the White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Washington, with 36 fivesomes competing against one another for a package that includes an all-expenses-paid stay at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The winners were the Patterson Group, consisting of Bill Patterson, Mark McLaurin, Joe Rebecee and Dante Robinson.

Randall considers himself a blessed man, and he wants to pay it forward.

For more information on the Randall Morris Foundation for Children and Families, visit RandallMorrisFoundation.org.