Syracuse University Basketball Legend Jim Lee Tees Off in Support of our Nation’s Disabled Veterans
12th Annual Harold Lee Open Raises Funds for EBV Program and Clear Path for Veterans
Former Syracuse University basketball standout and author of the book, Fifteen Feet for Free, Jim Lee continues his efforts to honor his dad, the late Harold “Snook” Lee, and raise money in support of our nation’s disabled veterans. Lee proudly orchestrated the 12th Annual Harold Lee Open today at Tuscarora Golf Club in Marcellus, N.Y. Proceeds raised from the tournament are going directly to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) Program at Syracuse University, and Clear Path for Veterans, in Chittenango, N.Y.
“When my dad passed away, I wanted to do something to remember him and all our veterans who have given their lives for our country, have become disabled protecting our freedom and way of life, and who deserve to be thanked and honored,” shared Lee.
That was more than 10 years ago. Today, Lee’s desire to help disabled veterans is just as strong. He states, “I only had thoughts of doing the golf tournament for 10 years, but veterans and family members of veterans consistently tell me to keep going. They are adamant and explain that the sole reason they play is because of its support of and money raised for veterans.”
The 11-year total of funds raised for the Harold Lee Open tournament stands at $265,106 with the breakdown as follows:
- $127,773 to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) Program at Syracuse University
- $18,433 to Clear Path for Veterans
- $76,400 to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Dept. of Transportation, New York State (helped to purchase six vans)
- $27,500 to Wounded Warrior Project
- $15,000 to VA Medical Center, Syracuse, N.Y. (assisted in renovating a family consultation room and leasing a small bus)
Fifty percent of the proceeds, from Lee’s book, Fifteen Feet for Free, are also donated to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) Program at Syracuse University.
Excited about having yet another sold-out tournament as the golfers teed off, Lee added, “They play because they know exactly where the proceeds go – to our disabled vets.”