Athletics — May 11, 2015 by Andrew Slate
Spieth’s World is Changing, But Won’t Change Him

Jordan Spieth has had an eventful last couple of weeks to say the least. After making history recently with his victory at the Masters, Spieth has gone from an unheard of 21 year old golfer to one of the most marketable athletes in the world in a blink of an eye. Before the Masters, Spieth was recognizable by 19% of americans, that number has since skyrocketed to 36%. In addition to the $1,800,000 won at the Masters, Spieth’s off-course income has more than tripled, climbing from $6 million to $20 million. All this newly found fame and money is great and all, but it’s not what drives this young stud to do what he does.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Spieth puts a higher priority on family, specifically his 14 year old sister. Her name is Ellie and she struggles from autism. While Jordan is winning money on the golf course, his younger sister struggles through everyday activities that we take for granted.

Jordan attributes much of his success to his sister Ellie, saying that being her brother “humbles [him] every day of [his] life.” With so many athletes nowadays flaunting their wealth and using that tangible reward as their motivation to succeed, it’s nice to see such a young and up and coming athlete have such a steady and meaningful source of motivation.

Jordan’s father Shawn prides himself in the fact that his son Jordan is so down to earth and has a grasp of what’s truly important in life. Shawn was quoted saying that Jordan knows golf is “only a piece of life, not all of life.” Growing up with his special needs sister has been a big help in demonstrating to Jordan to not take anything for granted, especially his incredible talent in golf. Spieth will become more and more recognized and will continue to make more and more money, but none of that will change him from being the humble, principled family man that he is.

 

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