From a childhood of poverty to losing his mother while in high school, Isaiah Kacyvensky’s life has been anything but easy.
However, through perseverance, hard work, and loving support, he was able to make an incredible journey through life.
Now, in a much better position, every year he comes back to the area to not only honor his mother, but to give back to a place that meant so much to her and the community.
Hosted at Traditions at the Glen, the 14th annual Maggie Memorial Charity Golf Tournament teed off earlier today.
This event is hosted each year by Isaiah and his family in remembrance of Isaiah’s late mother, Margaret Kulakowski.
The proceeds from the tournament go to the Children’s Home, a place where Maggie lived for 12 years as a child.
Each year, Kacyvenski invites members of the community, local celebrities, and current and former professional athletes to participate and help raise money for the charity.
Kacyvenski played college football at Harvard and went on to earn two degrees, including his MBA, from the Ivy League institution.
After a stellar playing career for the Crimson, he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2000 NFL Draft and spent several years in the league.
Even though she’s no longer here, Isaiah lives every day in hopes of making his mom proud.
“I think, my time, even that path to Harvard, during Harvard, and to the NFL. Then, after retiring and going to business school has always really come down to always wanting to make her proud, and her memory proud as well. I look back at some of the stuff, I can’t believe that it even happened. But, I do look back also and say, not only my mother, but an amazing area that I grew up in and how many amazing people are here, and how many people had to love me along the way and help me along the way when I really didn’t have a ton of direction. Sports and academics really, really crafted how I look at the world. ” he says.
While being a part of a charity golf tournament typically means playing in it, that wasn’t the case today for Isaiah.
“The golf game is not strong right now. I actually threw out my back on Monday. So, my son is going to be golfing for me. I’ll have a proxy here today. So, I’ll be be at one hole. So I’ll be able to see everybody, and be able to spend some time with every group as they come through, and just fully thank them in person for coming out and supporting today.”
Despite the bad back, Kacyvenski still couldn’t resist taking a swing, and hit a great ball off the 7th tee.
Even after 14 years, Isaiah is still moved by the support he and the charity receive from all those involved, as the tournament has helped raise nearly $400,000 for the Children’s Home in Maggie’s memory.