Family’s Sacrificial Example Led Sam and his Wife Caroline to Join Compassion International’s ‘Fill the Stadium’ Initiative, Aiding Children in Poverty During COVID-19
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Sam Burns was all smiles yet fighting back tears when his wife, Caroline, his parents and other family members spilled onto the green yesterday after he won his first PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. The victory moves him to No. 44 in the world, No. 14 in the FedEx Cup, and all but assures the 24-year-old from Louisiana a spot in the U.S. Open, along with his first trip to the Masters next spring.
Immediately after his win, Burns was quick to refer to family, demonstrating his heart and sentimentality. “I’ve worked so hard for this moment,” Burns stated in an interview. “They’ve all sacrificed so much.”
Building upon his compassionate nature and following in his family’s footsteps, the Burns are sacrificing some of their own time and support for Compassion International’sFill the Stadium initiative, which has raised over $25 million to date and has aided over 50,000 children and their families living in extreme poverty in the developing world, in the wake of COVID-19.
“This past year, everyone has experienced some type of adverse change in their lives due to the pandemic,” stated Burns. “The children who are being helped by the Fill the Stadium team experienced changes that were devastating. They need to have those negative changes reversed – this effort is truly making a difference in the lives of these children. Joining my fellow athletes at Compassion International is a way for me to support this critical change, and to serve God as well.”
Burns is the most recent top athlete of over 40 professional athletes and national leaders who have personally joined the Fill the Stadium lead team to help save children in crisis around the world. Burns joined the Fill The Stadium team in early 2021.
Joining Sam Burns in leadership roles for Fill the Stadium efforts are such standout professional athletes as Nick Foles, professional football MVP quarterback; Adam Engel of the Chicago White Sox; Nick Ahmed of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Alyssa Naeher of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team; Jordy Nelson, former professional wide receiver; Carson Palmer, former professional quarterback; Devin and Jason McCourty, defensive backs of New England; Nate Solder of the New York Giants; Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes; Brock Huard, FOX Sports Broadcaster and former professional quarterback, and many others.
Fill the Stadium has “filled” over 50,000 seats — continuing their commitment and leadership — on their way to the goal of helping 70,000 children. In this era of coronavirus, “We are all experiencing the reality of empty stadiums,” says the Fill the Stadium team. “It’s why this effort so desperately needs a caring, prayerful and thoughtful community to join together in this needed relief.”
Founded in 1952,Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 8,000 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 2 million babies, children and young adults. Its child sponsorship program has been validated through independent, empirical research.