In recent days a lot has been made of the clothing players will choose to wear at Augusta National for The Masters. Whether it is the scripts for the Nike athletes, the all-white Travis Mathew outfits for Bubba, or the custom coloured Cobra Golf bags and IJP clothing each day for Ian Poulter, how players choose to dress DOES have an impact on the fans. And now we learn the fashion choices for Luke Donald and Jonathan Byrd this week at Augusta will have a bigger meaning than just looking good as they stroll the magnificient Georgia fairways.
Last night Mizuno (USA and Canada) announced that they are supporting the relief efforts for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by committing funds and making product donations to the projects that are rebuilding Japan as we speak. Included in that effort is a gesture by Mizuno brand spokesmen and PGA Tour players Luke Donald and Jonathan Byrd.
On Thursday, for the 1st round of The Masters, both Byrd and Donal will be donned in red Mizuno headwear to show their support for Japan. Both players also share the same slothing sponsor, Polo Golf, and will be wearing red apparel for the day as well. Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press also reported this morning that Luke Donald (with no public announcement or fanfare) will be donating $5,000 to the Japan Relief Effort for every birdie he makes this week at Augusta National.
At a later date the Mizuno headwear will be auctioned off through eBay with the proceeds being donating to the Japanese Relief fund. Those items will join other game-used equipment and memorabilia from Mizuno’s Major League Baseball playing staff and will be autographed and sold through the eBay donations pages. All proceeds will go directly to the Japan Relief Fund for GlobalGiving www.globalgiving.org.
“The entire Mizuno family has been deeply affected by the tragedy that has occurred throughout Japan,” said Bob Puccini, President Mizuno USA, Inc. “We certainly appreciate the manner in which our athletes have shown concern as well as action to supporting the reconstruction efforts. We encourage everyone to join us in supporting the relief efforts of Japan through GlobalGiving and other fine charitable organizations.”
This latest gesture follows the recent donation of 30 million yen (approx. $370,000 (USD)) to the relief efforts by the Mizuno Corporation of Japan. The company also contributed over 20,000 articles of footwear and clothing. Mizuno USA and Mizuno Canada are matching employee cash donations to the American Red Cross, and have also contributed nearly $150,000 worth of apparel to Clothes4Souls.