Pickens' Perspective: Fairfielders have integrity
Published 10:42 am, Friday, July 2, 2010
One of the beauties of the town of Fairfield is its size.
It's a perfectly suburban town. Don't get me wrong, I hate the traffic, and there are people just about everywhere, but it still has that small-town feel of home.
I'm not alone in thinking this either. The town breeds bright people who don't forget where they came from. This sentiment holds especially true with the town's growing array of professionals, who are more than willing to return or to give back to the town in which they grew up.
J.J. Henry proved this on Monday. Actually he proves it year-round. He has his Henry House Foundation, and has worked his event, the J.J. Henry Invitational and Reception, to benefit the First Tee of Fairfield County.
"I'm very humbled and honored to use golf as a platform for me to give back to the area I grew up in," Henry said.
But what is more interesting is how the local pros are willing to help each other out. Attending Henry's event this year was tennis player, and Fairfield-native, James Blake. Blake was a last-second addition to the event, and said that he was more than happy to help out.
"J.J. called me and said that if I could get a group together, I could play," Blake said. "It's my pleasure."
Blake also has his litany of charities, namely his tie-in with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He hosted a charity fundraiser back in December that featured a few of his tour tennis buddies, but was also attended by rockstar, and native-Fairfielder, John Mayer.
In my opinion, that is a big part of celebrity: using your name to try to aid worthy causes. Clearly, in this celebrity obsessed society, people are more apt to follow and help causes that their favorite celebrities support, so why not use that name to help people who suffer or are less fortunate?
But what I think is especially neat is that they don't forget their roots. Henry's charity is golf in Fairfield county. Blake stays at his mom's house when he's in town. They lead distinctly Fairfield lives. Despite the fact that Henry has moved to Fort Worth, Texas, his father still runs a business in town and his parents still live here. J.J. told me that he sleeps in his old bed when he's up here for the Travelers Championship.
I think the town's influence combined with upbringing have a lot to do with the integrity that these celebrities demonstrate. Fairfield is a pretty down-to-earth town compared to the rest of the county and the people here seem to want to help each other out whenever possible. Henry and Blake are just functions of that upbringing, albeit, with a slightly larger star to go with it.
Here's hoping that the future stars from this town don't forget where they come from too, and continue to give the town a good name and a good reputation.