Tom Lehman to speak at NDP on investing in education

Tom Lehman (submitted photo)

Tom Lehman (submitted photo)

Tom Lehman is known as much for his philanthropic spirit as he is for his success in professional golf.

The 1996 Open Championship winner will share his views on investing in education, at the “I Heart NDP” inaugural breakfast, a fundraiser presented by the Notre Dame Prep Advisory School Board on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Dale M. Jensen Gymnasium at NDP from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Organizers are currently accepting sponsors for the event. For sponsorship and ticket information go to

“I’m excited because I’ve always seen what an impact a school like NDP could have on the community,” Mr. Lehman stated in a press release.

Three of his four children have graduated from Notre Dame Prep. His fourth child is currently in seventh grade.

Students at Notre Dame Prep are taught to serve the greater community and live out their faith in a real way in high school and beyond.

“The kids are not just in a bubble,” Mr. Lehman stated in the release. “They are developing into leaders who can impact Scottsdale, the greater community, the state and the country.”

Mr. Lehman is known for his service through golf and his community, the release stated. In 2001, Mr. Lehman won the Charles Bartlett Award for his unselfish contributions to golf and civic organizations. He is on the board of Elevate Phoenix, which helps improve the lives of urban youths.

He is also the recipient of the 1996 Byron Nelson Award and the 2010 Payne Stewart Award.

His charity golf tournament has raised more than $4 million for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. He is also involved with The McKenzie Monks Foundation, Cortney’s Place and HopeKids.

“Tom is an impassioned philanthropist and advocate particularly when it comes to faith centered education and service,” stated NDP principal Jim Gmelich, in the release. “He is an inspiring speaker who challenges and motivates each of us to live out our faith in the service of others. We are pleased to welcome Tom back to NDP to deliver our keynote address at our inaugural I Heart NDP Breakfast.”

For more information contact Genevieve Peterson at 480-634-8247 or

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