While he came up short Monday in his attempt to qualify into the field, the tournament is permitting him to set up a booth where he’ll pass out bracelets with “#MSDSTRONG” printed on one side and “Eagle Pride” on the other in exchange for a donation to a fund set up by the Broward County School District to assist victims and their families. Thompson said he ordered a batch of 3,000, but then followed it up with another 5,000.
“I’ve already had people asking me for them by the 10’s and 20’s,” he said.
The Thompsons also made 400 maroon and silver ribbons for players, wives and caddies to wear during the tournament. He expects that a majority of players will wear the ribbons, which the tour will place at the first and 10th tees for players as they begin their rounds.
“We did like a little assembly line,” he said. “I cut ’em, she would pin ’em and then I would write ‘MSD’ on ’em.”
Thompson said that the tournament also was providing an opportunity for players to make personal donations to the fund.
“(Tournament organizers) have been absolutely great about it,” Thompson said.
Thompson, 35, was inducted into Tech’s sports Hall of Fame in 2016, recognition of a career in which he was twice named an All-American and twice helped Tech to second-place in the NCAA Championship, in 2002 and 2005, his freshman and senior years. Professionally, Thompson has played in 228 PGA Tour events and won $5.7 million and an additional $800,000 on the Web.com Tour.
Georgia Tech graduate Nicholas Thompson, a member of the Tech sports hall of fame, ordered 8,000 bracelets to distribute at this week's Honda Classic in exchange for donations to a fund set up to assist victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and their families.
Thompson has good memories of his time at Stoneman Douglas and remains friends with several classmates. Thompson was actually two years behind one of the victims of the shooting, football coach Aaron Feis, and had mutual friends.
Thompson said he will be at the course “bright and early” Thursday morning.
“I want to raise awareness as much as possible, and I’d like to raise as much money as possible for the victims’ families and that fund,” he said.
To make a donation, visit the GoFundMe page set up by Thompson. Contributions will benefit the fund set up by the Broward Education Foundation to provide relief and support to victims and their families.