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Golf icon visits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Golf icon Jack Nicklaus, FedEx, and St. Jude CEO Richard Shadyac Jr. announced a partnership that could raise millions of dollars for the hospital. Golf icon Jack Nicklaus, FedEx, and St. Jude CEO Richard Shadyac Jr. announced a partnership that could raise millions of dollars for the hospital.
The Nicklaus Companies, which was founded and co-chaired by Jack Nicklaus, announced it will donate $1 to St. Jude for every dozen of its golf balls that are sold. The Nicklaus Companies, which was founded and co-chaired by Jack Nicklaus, announced it will donate $1 to St. Jude for every dozen of its golf balls that are sold.
It is estimated that around 240 million golf balls will be sold each year. It is estimated that around 240 million golf balls will be sold each year.
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(WMC-TV) – Golf icon and philanthropist Jack Nicklaus visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Monday to make a special announcement benefiting the hospital.

The 74-year-old legend, nicknamed "The Golden Bear," is thought to be the most accomplished professional golfer of all time, winning 18 major championships. Nicklaus, FedEx, and St. Jude CEO Richard Shadyac Jr. announced a partnership that could raise millions of dollars for the hospital.

He is known as the "golfer of the century," but many also know Nicklaus for having a soft spot for children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"One of my best friends has a grandson who's been here a lot," said Nicklaus. "He's had about four bone marrow transplants and today, that young man is doing very, very well, but they exhausted every resource before coming here."

The Nicklaus Companies, which was founded and co-chaired by Jack Nicklaus, announced it will donate $1 to St. Jude for every dozen of its golf balls that are sold.

"FedEx has come along and said it costs a fair amount of money to ship golf balls," said Nicklaus.

With that in mind, FedEx offered not to charge people who buy the golf balls, and instead, donate that money back to St. Jude.

It is estimated that around 240 million golf balls will be sold each year. St. Jude is bound to benefit in a big way from the partnership created between Nicklaus and FedEx.

If you would like to purchase some of the Nicklaus golf balls and support St. Jude, click here: http://shop.nicklaus.com/ 

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