July 8th, 2016

Hyland's Hero: Cory Kaufman

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer


Hyland's Hero: Cory Kaufman
photo from the Kaufman Family

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports.

 

Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

 

This week’s Hyland’s Hero is Cory Kaufman. Kaufman graduated from St. Xavier and Bellarmine University. He played golf professionally for four years. Cory’s golf program has produced the more collegiate golfers than anyone in the Louisville area. Cory and his wife Stephanie have three children: Austin (10), Brayden (9), and Kylee (3).

When and how did your start with St. Patrick?

Actually, this was my first year with the St. Patrick’s golfers. I’ve always known that in the past they’ve had such a great group and golf program and I wanted to get involved to help the grade school level of junior golfers develop a love for the game and to improve.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

I’m friends with a few parents at St. Pat’s and they came to me asking for my help. With the huge interest in golf, it was a perfect fit.

What sports did or do you volunteer to help and for how long?

I’ve also coached grade school and high school basketball for nine years. I just coach golf now.

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?

My goal is to spread faith through athletics. God gives everyone of us gifts/talents to help others and to spread the message. It’s our job to use those gifts to the best of our ability.

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?

My grandfather always took the time to help me with my game growing up. He always told me that one day it would be my turn to give back. I really enjoy helping kids through sports.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

Just show up, if you just do that, then you’re ahead of most people.

What does your role at St. Patrick bring your family?

It shows my kids that volunteering and giving back is important. Actions always speak louder than words. 

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?

Just to see the kid’s faces when they achieve a goal. Whether it’s hitting a ball or making a shot, it’s awesome to see kids reactions when they realize their hard work pay off.

 

 

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