Born on February 1, 1949 in Roxboro, North Carolina, Jim Thorpe, who is affectionately called “Thorpie” by his family, friends and fans, is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the PGA Champions Tour.
The ninth of twelve children and the son of a golf course greenskeeper and fairway superintendent (Elbert Baxter Thorpe, Sr.), Thorpe attended Morgan State University before turning pro in 1972. It would be more than 10 years before he won on the PGA Tour, though he did so in style, beating Jack Nicklaus by three strokes at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1985.
In addition to his magnetic personality and unfailing sense of kindness, Thorpe has a passion for educating inner city youth. He has raised money for and assisted organizations like First Tee, Boys and Girls Club, Birdies 4Braves, UNCF, Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Golf4Youth, Special Olympics, Teen Challenge, The Urban League, David Maus Foundation, Cigar Aficionado Honduran Hurricane Relief Fund, Inner City Youth Golf Program, the Native American Golf Classic and now the Cancer Awareness and Resource Network. Jim mentors youth who participate in International golf programs in the US. In January of 2012, Jim was named the Ambassador to the Tobago Junior Golf Academy.