Kirk Hinrich hits a tee shot Monday at the Sioux City Country Club.
For several years, Chicago Bulls star Kirk Hinrich headlined a golf tournament in his hometown, with the proceeds going to Camp High Hopes. That facility for kids with disabilities is now open and Kirk is back to help raise more money.
Hinrich teamed up with Hy-Vee for a benefit tourney at the Sioux City Country Club. Eighty golfers dodged the rain to tee it up with Kirk.
It's been 15 years since Hinrich led West High to a state championship but he always enjoys coming home, especially for a cause that he's had a long association with.
"It means a lot, especially to be a part of an event like this that's for such a good cause," said Hinrich. "I was able to go out to the camp yesterday and I was just thrilled to see the progress they've made and talk to some of the campers. Just to see how much they're really enjoying it out there and be able to do something to help them is just a really good feeling."
Hinrich just finished his eleventh season in the NBA and he will become a free agent at midnight on Monday. Both he and the Bulls are on the record as saying he wants to stay in Chicago.
At the age of 33, he would like to finish his career with the Bulls.
"That would be ideal," said Hinrich. "I grew up a Bulls fan. I've been a Bull for nine years so I've always considered myself a Bull so it would be great if that could work out. I was fairly healthy last year so that's encouraging. When you're healthy you have an extra bounce in your step. I was very encouraged to be healthy last year for the most part."
Monday's event ends with a dinner and auction.
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