LPGA Winner In-Kyung Kim Donated Entire Winnings to Charity

Periodically, my husband jokes that he’d like me to trade in my clergy collar for golf clubs just to see how I’d do since apparently being a Korean woman would give me some kind of advantage. That would be interesting to see: I like to think I’m relatively athletic, but I’m also a klutz and actually I have swung a club before and I feel ungraceful and awkward. I haven’t heard much about Wie lately after her first pro win awhile back, and forgot about her until the Kia commercial. I still think she’s amazing. But, it’s super cool that there’s yet another great woman golfer who happens to be Korean and quite successful.

On Sunday, In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, her third-career LPGA win. But, I think what struck me the most about this young lady is that she did something fairly extraordinary with her winnings: She donated it. All of it. She donated all of her winnings to a couple of charities. It’s a wonderful gesture, and makes me admire her more for her compassion and not only her grace in the sport. We’ve got the likes of Tiger Woods, and I don’t even know what is going on with Anthony Kim – I guess everyone is entitled to whatever with their money.

I love thinking that my kids someday will have these amazing AA role models – and that they are women!

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About Mihee

Mihee lives in the Mid-West with her husband, toddler-aged twins (yes, terrible twos is actually a thing), and baby #3. Though her reserve of brain cells is seriously depleted she is still passionate about Asian American culture, religion and social justice for marginalized people, stories about Korea, sports, and power naps. During the day, she spends a lot of time trying to remember which baby needs to eat or get a diaper change, mentoring and ministering to college students, occasionally taking a walk, writing, watching Sportscenter, or grabbing coffee. You can read her blog here.
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