MILL HALL - Lock Haven area native and Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould has worked hard to achieve his place in the National Football League.
The record-setting athlete has come from humble beginnings as a student-athlete at Central Mountain High School who went on to play for the late Penn State Coach Joe Paterno before ultimately joining the Bears.
It is those beginnings, that hard work, that regularly brings him back to his hometown to give back.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lock Haven lodge, receives a $1,000 check from The Goulden Touch Foundation as a result of Friday’s golf tournament fundraiser. On hand are, from left, Ron Bowes, a lodge official, Robbie Gould Sr. and Chicago Bears standout Robbie Gould, who started his football career locally and at Penn State.
Former Central Mountain student-athlete and now Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould tees off at The Goulden Touch Open fundraiser on Friday at the Clinton Country Club.
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Robbie Gould speaks to participants at his annual Gould Foundation Open at the Clinton Country Club on Friday before tee-off. In the background are fellow Chicago Bears teammates and other NFL players.
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He does it in many ways, and one of them is his annual Goulden Touch Open golf tournament fundraiser, held Friday at Clinton County Club.
Plus, Robbie will hold a football skills clinic from 8 to 11 a.m. today at Hubert Jack Stadium on the campus of Lock Haven University.
And Robbie, his family, friends and supporters - he brought a few of his NFL teammates - reached a milestone at Friday's packed tournament.
With this year's event, The Goulden Touch Foundation will have surpassed the $100,000 mark for local charitable contributions, Robbie proudly told a crowd at the tournament.
All tournament proceeds go to local charities.
The funds stay local, Robbie emphasized.
Speaking before the tourney start under bright blue skies, Robbie thanked everyone for participating.
"It's important to give back to the community," he said ... a community that has supported him throughout his career.
Some of the local charities and institutions that have benefited from the Goulden Touch Foundation include Annie Halenbake Ross Library, Lock Haven University, Horses for Hope, Mark The Shark Toy Drive, In Your Shoes, the Central Mountain Booster Club, Mat Town USA, Central Mountain Youth Football and Cheer, the Treehouse Fund and others.
Among those accompanying Robbie for the tournament were Matt Blanchard, Chicago Bears quarterback; James Anderson, Chicago Bears outside linebacker; Rashied Davis, Chicago Bears wide receiver; Spencer Lanning, Cleveland Browns punter; Brandon Bogotay, Cleveland Browns kicker, and Robin Cole, Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker.
Also on hand was Robbie's brother, Chris Gould, of the Syracuse University football team coaching staff. Of course, so were his proud parents, Cheryl and Robbie Sr.
When asked why he came, Chicago Bears linebacker James Anderson said, "Anytime you have somebody that is willing to be active and give back to the community such as Robbie is, you want to be a part of it."
Originally from Lock Haven, Robbie is currently the most accurate placekicker in Chicago Bears' history and fourth most accurate in NFL history.
While attending Penn State, Gould finished his career ranked fifth on Penn State's all-time scoring list. He was also a recipient of the Frank Patrick Memorial Total Commitment Awards, annually presented to junior class members who follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program while doing so in an exemplary manner. Gould received his bachelor's degree in management from Penn State.
Before joining the Bears, Robbie brielfy was with the New England Patriots in early 2005 and shortly after, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
In October of that same year, Robbie was asked to join the Chicago Bears and has played there for eight consecutive years.
Throughout his career, Gould has accumulated a number of records, achievements, and honors. In 2006, Robbie played in his first Pro Bowl and was named first team All-Pro. In 2011, Robbie's number was retired in Central Mountain High School's Hall of Fame. With great honor, Robbie recently became a recepient of The Moose Lodge Community Service Award.
Off the field, Gould enjoys playing golf. He also focuses a great deal of time to the Chicagoland community and his organization, The Goulden Touch.
Besides hosting the golf tournament and ootball camp/sports clinic with his teammates, Robbie organizes an annual "reading week" at Mill Hall Elementary School, where he implements positive goals to encourage children to become enthused about reading.