Why I joined No Restrictions Golf: Matt Hirst
Recently, in May, I had the pleasure of becoming a board member at No Restrictions Golf, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity where our mission is to provide comprehensive, rehabilitative golf-support programs for veterans and first responders – and anyone else really – struggling with disabilities, particularly Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Disorder. Here, in one of my more exciting business opportunities to date, I’ll be in charge of developing content for our website and social media channels in order to develop a compelling digital presence for our non-profit brand. On top of that, as is often expected of board members in the non-profit world, I’ll also be helping with sponsorship and fundraising relationships overall.
When it comes to the more specific story behind how I ended up with N.R.G., I like to think of it as an opportunity gained thanks to a lot of hard work, a little bit of luck, and me simply being in the right place at the right time. After all, what more could I ask for? Being a board member at N.R.G. is a perfect combination of so many interests I hold dear: business, communications, golf, and most importantly, making a difference for those in need. I was inspired by N.R.G.’s cause immediately when I saw the posting stating their need for board members, and upon seeing an opportunity to blend my passion for writing, golf, and charity – all while helping address a need as serious as veterans’ health – I knew I had to apply. It was a no-brainer. Now, I suppose that decision being a no-brainer only makes sense as if you understand who I am… Well, allow me to explain.
I’m Matt Hirst, a 24-year-old analyst, reporter, writer, and blogger who, to be honest, is still just trying to figure life out as a young post-grad. I graduated from Oklahoma State in 2017 with a degree in management information systems and a specialization in information assurance, where I also played football as a freshman. By day, I’m an e-Catalog Analyst for FleetPride, one of the largest aftermarket redistributors of heavy-duty trucking parts, and by night, afternoons, midnight, and whatever other time I can make, I do a lot more. Past life at FleetPride, I work and write for a few places, involvements which can basically all be traced back to a realization I had late in my college career about how I didn't enjoy my major at all. Since this quarter-life crisis of sorts, and a re-realized love for writing that came just a mere few months before my graduation from college in May of 2017, I’ve worked tirelessly to build a writing portfolio and the foundations for an impactful career as a journalist and businessman.
As part of that pursuit, and alongside my ultimate mission to make waves within Dallas’ political realm, I’ve worked hard since returning from college to immerse myself in different aspects of the Dallas-Fort Worth community as a whole. In doing so, I’m a freelance reporter for The Dallas Examiner, Dallas' leading African American newspaper, and a board member and course developer for C4! Enterprise, a developing educational academy based in Grand Prairie that works to equip young women between the ages of 13 and 19 for success amidst the digital world we live in.
Furthermore, I’m also a contributing writer for a few places – most notably Grand Old Sports and FanSided's Pro Golf Now – where I write mainly on golf, sports, and politics, and sometimes a mixture of the three when I’m lucky. Other recent involvements of mine include a freelance reporting stint for Rambler Newspapers, a weekly paper that covers Irving, Coppell, and Grand Prairie, from April 2018 thru May 2018, and a real estate lifestyle blogging job that never materialized with nada Realty, but I still love the idea of. *sigh*.
I’ll admit, such involvement in the community is largely due to political motivations and enjoying political debate – I mean let’s be real, I’m involved with news, education, and hopefully again soon, housing – but that’s only part of it. Overall, I'm so interested in politics because of the way such corresponding legislation shapes our lives, be that for better or for worse, and I wanted ways to learn about the biggest political issues in Dallas. Politics are personal whether you want to accept that or not, and I can’t help but get revved up when I feel issues aren’t being addressed as they should be. That right there, in a nutshell, is why I joined N.R.G. Because being here gives me the opportunity to make a difference for a group of Americans that are often overlooked by the politics in this country – our veterans.
Not only is N.R.G. an opportunity to push myself and learn more about what it takes to raise funds for charity while providing solutions for those in need, but it is also an opportunity to give back to veterans specifically. Our veterans have done so much for us as Americans, and I've always felt like we ought to be doing more for them in return than what we have been doing as a country. Well, the world works in mysterious ways, and luckily for me, I've finally found my own way to give to the cause.
Here at N.R.G., what we believe is pretty simple: helping veterans and first responders get back to the game they love, with no restrictions, is one of the best ways we can give back to people who so selflessly dedicated their life to the flag. By providing inclusive and accessible, physical, social, and community opportunities, we hope to improve the quality of life for these great heroes and their families, as well as their spouses, caregivers, and immediate family members, as best we can. They gave up their lives to serve us and this wonderful country. The least we could do is give a little of ourselves for them.
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