Justin Herbert to host golf tournament, raise money for Eugene's Kidsports

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Justin Herbert to host golf tournament, raise money for Eugene's Kidsports originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Former Oregon Ducks QB Justin Herbert was born and raised in Eugene, OR and hasn't forgotten his roots.

As he prepares to enter his second year in the NFL, Herbert is looking to give back to a special program that practically raised him.

On July 8th, Herbert will be hosting the Justin Herbert Golf Invitational where he will be looking to raise $100,000 for Kidsports - a local nonprofit providing youth sports programs for kids in the Eugene area.

A program that Herbert was raised by when he started playing sports.

Eugene’s always been my home and I’ve loved that community and they’ve given me so much. If I have even the slightest chance at giving back and helping them, I’d love to do it.

Justin Herbert

Herbert partnered with Kendall Auto Group as the sponsor for the event.

Bev Smith, the executive director of Kidsports, spoke about how Herbert grew up in the program and how it taught him about the importance of winning and losing and how to manage that.

“As Justin talked about an interview this year when he was going through some losing with the Chargers,” said Smith, “he mentioned that he had learned the importance of winning and losing and how to manage that through Kidsports. So, really what we would like our kids to learn is that sometimes you win, sometimes you learn, and the rest of the time you should be having fun - and I think that’s why Kidsports has managed to maintain its presence in the community for so long.”

Herbert hopes that the money raised from the tournament will help kids affected by COVID-19 and lower-income communities get them out to play and get them active again.

The golf tournament is sold out, but are hosting a party after the event to try and raise more money and sell tickets.

You can visit the invitational website here.