Through our support of Honor Courage Commitment, The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation learned of one of their non profit partners, Equest. For 33 years, Equest has improved the lives of children and adults with diverse needs by leveraging the power of horses and creating a sense of community. For the past few years, Equest has offered equine-assisted activities and therapies to veterans and military families through the “Hooves for Heroes” program. While learning basic horsemanship skills, participants also benefit from improved self-confidence, reduced anxiety, and greater self-awareness. Being surrounded by a safe community of their peers provides the sense of fellowship and emotional support often lost in the transition to civilian life. As they heal, program participants are encouraged to give back either through volunteering at Equest or other non-profits serving Dallas/Ft. Worth. In this way, they often find a renewed sense of purpose in continued service that benefits the entire community.
This 2014 support from the The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation to HCC also offered unprompted financial assistance to specific Equest veteran families who were in the most need, especially during holiday season. The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation is thrilled to help address their needs to provide gifts for their children, pay bills, fill their pantries or meet whatever obstacles they are currently facing. This support will give them the space necessary to turn their focus outward, and do what they’ve always done best—serve others. We thank HCC and their partner Equest for the outlet to assist these great military members.
Through Jordan’s exposure to military initiatives supported by the PGA TOUR, Jordan has dedicated a portion of his mission at the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation to supporting veteran organizations. The Foundation seeks to help organizations that provide service men and women with the resources they need to make the often-difficult transition back into civilian life. Our research has led us to find that military families face struggles of many kinds: from physical changes and emotional scars, to the inability of finding work and financial stability. The Foundation proudly provides assistance to groups supporting these military members in a variety of capacities – giving a hand up, not a hand out.