“I’ve never served in the military, but being a PGA Member, and knowing Major Dan is also a PGA Member and a Veteran, it has been an honor to do a little part.” – Scott Wilson
It was about the 10th mile when she tapped Scott Wilson on the shoulder and said, “thank you,” as she ran past. Catching Scott off-guard and forgetting about the words printed on his bib, he asked her what she was thanking him for.
“I’m a Gold Star mother. Thank you for running for the Folds,” she said.
On November 6, 2016, Scott Wilson crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon with a personal best marathon time, no injuries, and a mission accomplished.
When Scott woke up at 4:40am that Sunday morning, he was setting out to do more than just run 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of NYC with more than 51,000 other people. He was running with a mission in mind.
The bib on his back bore the words, “Running for The Folds of Honor.”
With those six words displayed proudly on his back, wearing a quarter-zip dawning the Folded Flag logo and an American Flag Folds of Honor hat on his head, Scott put one foot in front of the other.
For 26.2 miles, he ran.
For 26.2 miles, with each step and each mile, he honored the sacrifices of our nation’s fallen and disabled service members.
For 26.2 miles, he helped the families of our military heroes carry the heavy weight that comes with the price of freedom.
As he ran for Folds of Honor, it wasn’t until the 10th mile, until the Gold Star mother, that he realized the full impact of what he was doing.
“At that moment, it hit me,” Scott said. “That the Folds of Honor is real, it is tangible, it means the world to those that unfortunately have to benefit from it. This woman, who I never had another conversation with and I didn’t know who she was, this woman knew what it was like to lose her son, and although I don’t know that feeling, I can be a small part of helping those spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.”
The 2016 NYC Marathon wasn’t Scott’s first time standing with Folds of Honor. In fact, he has been standing with Folds of Honor since he first saw Major Dan Rooney being interviewed by then PGA of America President, Brian Whitcomb, at the PGA Championship in 2007.
A 25-year member of the PGA of America, the tie between Folds of Honor and the PGA of America gave Scott an opportunity to get involved. Participating in the first Patriot Golf Day, he held a “Closest to the Hole” contest at the Vellano Country Club in California. In the following years, they continued over the Labor Day weekend and Patriot Golf Day became Patriot Golf Weekend.
Then, with other PGA members in Southern California, Scott began running the Disneyland Half Marathon, asking for pledges for each mile ran. This tradition continued for three years, and then in 2014 and 2016, Scott ran the NYC Marathon, raising money for Folds of Honor each year.
Now the Director of Golf at Streamsong Resort in Florida, Scott continues to host a yearly Patriot Golf Day Event to raise money for Folds of Honor, and he said, “anytime we can run in a half marathon or marathon, we will pledge to raise funds for scholarships for the Folds of Honor.”
In his fundraising for the 2016 NYC Marathon, alone, Scott raised an incredible $3,500!
We are proud and honored to have this inspiring patriot stand with Folds of Honor. He goes above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members.
Thank you, Scott Wilson, for all you do to “Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.”