When a Gold Star is Worth More than A Gold Medal

It's been a big month for athletes from our great state of Georgia. UGA is proud. Gunner Bentz made history collecting a Gold medal from his participation in the swim relay preliminaries while Chase Kalisz, Allison Schmitt and Amanda Weir each won silver for swimming.

But Georgia produces more than just great swimmers. It also produces great golfers. Bubba Watson, former Georgia All-American, entered the final round tied for fourth but ended up placing eighth in Rio.  Though not the outcome Watson wanted, it still is something to be proud of! And the U.S did win a medal as Matt Kuchar who attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, took the bronze.

But Georgia can be proud of something even bigger than medals.

Because Georgia produces athletes that aren't just driven... they're into giving!

And Giv360 wants to acknowledge these athletes, not because they're remarkable in their sport, but because they're remarkable in their hearts.

When West Virginia was hit with 8-10 inches of rain in 12 hours killing 23 people and causing a state of emergency to be declared in 44 of its 55 counties, Bubba Watson pledged $250,000 for relief and recovery efforts. He supports Victory Junction Gang Camp, a non-profit where children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses can have fun life-changing camp experiences in a medically-safe environment with no cost to the family.  He donated 100,000 dollars to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida in 2011 and he and his wife, Angie, formed the Bubba Watson Foundation in 2014 to help those in need.

Did you know Angie is a former Olympic athlete in her own right? Bubba met Angie at UGA where the 6'4" beauty played basketball. She went on to play professionally in Italy and represented Team Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics before being signed to the WNBA's Charlotte Sting in 2001. Bubba and Angie feel the BW's mission is to enhance the every-day lives of people in need with a particular emphasis on helping and inspiring children, young adults, and those associated with the U.S. Military.

Speaking of wives and Georgia athletes, Matt Kuchar married a tennis player who also happens to be from the Georgia Institute of Technology. (She played on the Yellow Jacket's tennis team). Sybi is well known around Georgia not just for her husband's fame, but also because she is a top supporter of Camp Twin Lakes- a charity that provides for special needs children with serious illnesses and mental/physical disabilities. The Kuchar's are also involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which helps families stay together when children are getting treatment. RMCH has helped over 5.7 million families since 2014, giving families a place to rest and refresh while their child is being treated.

If you're not famous, an athlete or even from Georgia... don't fret. Because you can still get in the spirit of giving by signing up with Giv360!

It's free, easy, and allows you to pick the non-profit organization you'd like to help support. Maybe you see a charity listed here you'd like to start giving to. Click the Ronald McDonald House or Bubba Watson Foundation or Camp Twin Lakes.

There's a charity for everyone, search from thousands worldwide!

Go to Giv360 and every time you visit a participating Giv360 merchant, they'll donate up to 5% of your purchase to your favorite charity. It will make a difference in people's lives and you can feel good about helping those in need. It may not earn you a gold medal, but it will earn you a gold star in our eyes!