Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER

EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO E-MAIL A QUESTION TO OUR GUEST AND TONIGHT FOR OUR GUESTS, AND THE QUESTION IS FROM JOE GIBSON IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, WHAT LESSONS IN LIFE, AS OPPOSED TO GOLF, DOES YOUR YOUTH FOUNDATION TEACH? AND BEFORE I LET YOU ANSWER THAT I'M GOING TO LET YOU ANSWER THAT. IF YOU COULD LIST TWO OR THREE THINGS THAT YOU'VE REALLY LEARNED ABOUT BEING THE BEST YOU THAT YOU CAN BE, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

WELL YOU HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND YOU HAVE TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING SO YOU
HAVE TO BE HONEST

PETER KESSLER

NOT SO EASY SOMETIMES

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

NO

PETER KESSLER

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T TELL THE TRUTH NOW? WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

YOU'RE REALLY ONLY HURTING YOURSELF YOU'RE NOT, YOU'RE NOT HURTING ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU'RE HURTING YOUR SELF SO YOU DON'T, IT'S NOT GETTING YOU ANYWHERE.

PETER KESSLER

HERMAN WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE BEST LESSONS THAT YOU'VE LEARNED THAT DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GOLF?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

RESPECTING YOUR ELDERS AND

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD START. WHAT ARE THE LESSONS, CHI CHI, THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE LEARNING?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL FIRST OF ALL, IN MY FOUNDA... YOU KNOW WE STARTED OUR FOUNDATION WITH TWO KIDS, AN OLD CAR

PETER KESSLER

AN OLD CAR

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND A, AND A THOUSAND DOLLARS. WE DO 150 KIDS A DAY. THE THING THAT WE TEACH THEM THE MOST IS THAT FIRST OF ALL IN THE MORNING WE HAVE A SILENCE PRAYER. THE KIDS PREY. IT'S NOT A SIN TO PREY. THEY CAN PREY IN ANY WAY THEY WANT. IF THEY BELIEVE IN... IF THEY'RE ISLAMIC OR CHRISTIAN OR WHATEVER RELIGION, BUDDHISTS OR, OR, OR YIDDISH OR UH YOU KNOW WHAT EVER THEY ARE. THEY CLOSE THEIR EYES AND THEY PREY. THAT'S BEAUTIFUL FOR THE KIDS TO START THE, THE WHOLE DAY WITH A PRAYER AND THEN THEY PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG. THEY HAVE TO LEARN RESPECT TO THE FLAG OF AMERICA. THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND THEY HAVE TO LEARN TO RESPECT THE ELDER. THEY RESPECT THE COUNTRY. THEY HAVE THEIR DIGNITY, AND LET NOBODY TAKE THEIR DIGNITY AWAY FROM THEM. SELF ESTEEM. THEY HAVE TO HAVE SELF ESTEEM. THEY HAVE TO, TO KNOW THAT WHATEVER THEY GET IS NOT GOING TO COME FROM THE SKY THEY HAVE TO WORK AND GO GET IT AND THAT'S ONE OF THE, THE THINGS THAT WE DO IN MY FOUNDATION. WHEN THE KIDS WORK WE PAY THEM. WE DRESS THEM, WE FEED THEM. WE HAVE A 99% SUCCESS OF ALL THE KIDS AND 99% ATTENDANCE IN OUR SCHOOLS. NO OTHER SCHOOL HAS THAT. AND YOU CAN SEE HOW CLEAN THESE KIDS LOOK. THAT ONE THERE LOOK LIKE, A LITTLE BIT LIKE TIGER WOODS. HE'S , HE'S, HE'S READY

PETER KESSLER

HE LOOKS LIKE HE'D BE HAPPIER IF HE WAS HITTING BALLS ON THE RANGE, QUITE FRANKLY CHI CHI AND GETTING A LITTLE DIRTY, WOULDN'T YOU HERMAN?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YEAH

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT I CAN TELL. DON'T YOU WORRY.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND LOOK AT THE HAPPINESS, LOOK AT THE HAPPINESS IN THEIR FACES. THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT UH WE HAVE TO UH, WE HAVE TO DO A LOT FOR THE YOUTHS BECAUSE IT'S VERY TOUGH TO BE A KID NOWADAYS, YOU KNOW. THEY HAVE A LOT OF, A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE WHEN WE WERE KIDS YOU KNOW UH WHEN I WAS A KID MY FATHER USED TO SAY AT 7:00 AT NIGHT, HE SAID LIGHTS ARE GOING OUT AND YOU DIDN'T DARE LOSE RESPECT FOR YOUR DAD. WHEN HE SAID THE LIGHTS WERE GOING OUT AT 7:00, HE DIDN'T MEAN 7:05 HE MEANT 7:00 YOU BE IN BED AND HE SAYS NOW WE, WE GET UP WHEN THE ROOSTER STARTS SINGING, THAT'S WHEN WE GET UP AND AT FO... AT 4:00 THOSE ROOSTERS STARTED SINGING. THAT'S WHEN WE GOT UP.

PETER KESSLER

THERE ARE NIGHTS I COULD USE YOUR DAD IN OUR HOUSE. NOBODY LISTENS TO THAT 7:00 THING. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO ANDY IN NEW JERSEY. HELLO ANDY.

ANDY - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

HEY CHI CHI HOW YOU DOING?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

HI ANDY HOW ARE YOU?

ANDY - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

I DON'T THINK YOU REMEMBER ME BUT I WORKED AT THE LOVELY WINDERMERE COUNTRY CLUB IN NAPLES FOR TIM MILLER FOR TWO YEARS AND I KNOW YOU DID A LOT OF WORK DOWN IN FLORIDA FOR YOUTH HAVEN. ARE YOU STILL CONTINUING WITH YOUTH HAVEN UH AND THE GREAT CHI CHI DAY THEY HAVE IN FEBRUARY?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ABSOLUTELY ANDY. WE UH WE WILL ALWAYS BE WORKING. ONCE I GET INVOLVED WITH A PROGRAM UH I, YOU KNOW THAT, THAT STUFF OF JUST WORKING IN A COMMUNITY, THE WHOLE WORLD WITH KIDS IS MY COMMUNITY SO I, I GO I, I JUST WENT TO BANGKOK AND I DID A JOB THERE FOR UH FOR THE KIDS AND I WENT TO INDONESIA AND I DID A, A JOB THERE. I WENT TO UH TO MEXICO, WELL I'M HEAD OF MEXICO AND I'M GOING THERE AGAIN ON, IN NOVEMBER DOING THINGS FOR KIDS SO, ANY CORNER OF THE WORLD THAT ANY KID HAS A PROBLEM I'M GOING TO DO IT AND, AND IN NAPLES YEAH, I'M, I'M VERY INVOLVED WITH UH YOUTH HAVEN. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I LOVE JIMMY CARTER SO MUCH. I TELL YOU WHAT JIMMY CARTER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST MEN THAT EVER LIVED, AND I DON'T GET IN POLITICS BECAUSE POLITICS AND SPORTS DON'T MIS... MIX, BUT THIS MAN HELPED BUILD HOMES FOR THE POOR WITH HABITAT. I LOVE THAT MAN AND SOME DAY ONE OF THE DREAMS FROM MY LIFE IS TO MEET JIMMY CARTER AND, AND HAVE LUNCH WITH HIM OR HAVE BREAKFAST OR WHATEVER AND LOOK AT HIM IN THE EYE AND, AND, AND, AND SEE WHAT I SAW IN HIM THAT I SAW IN MOTHER TERESA WHEN I LOOKED AT HER EYES. I'VE NEVER SEEN EYES LIKE HER... LIKE HERS IN MY LIFE.

PETER KESSLER

LET ME ASK YOU BOTH A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BEFORE I LET YOU GO? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE AS YOU GET OLDER? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?

TERICKA - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION:

I WANT TO BE A PEDIATRICIAN. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP LITTLE BABIES.

PETER KESSLER

I LOVE THAT. WHAT ABOUT YOU HERMAN?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

PROFESSIONAL GOLFER.

PETER KESSLER

NOW LET ME ASK HERMAN ONE MORE QUESTION. HERMAN ARE YOU GOING TO BE HAPPY WHEN THIS SHOW IS OVER?

HERMAN - GUEST FROM CHI CHI YOUTH FOUNDATION

YES.

PETER KESSLER

I'LL BET YOU ARE. WE'RE GOING TO LET BOTH OF YOU GO. I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND SHARING WHAT YOUR LIVES ARE ABOUT AND WHAT CHI CHI HAS MEANT TO YOUR LIVES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. STAY ONE SECOND BEFORE YOU GET UP. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU WE WILL GIVE YOU THE YOUTH FOUNDATION TELEPHONE NUMBER. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED AND WANT INFORMATION, PLEASE GIVE A CALL. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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