Last year. J.R. Smith hosted the 10th annual “J.R. Smith Golf Classic,” a celebrity invitational where all proceeds benefit the J.R. Smith Foundation.
When it comes to sports, it seems as though J.R.’s love for golf is only rivalled by his passion for hoops and he has some interesting plans for the future that will blend both of his beloved sports.
In addition to hoping to start his own golf apparel line, including signature golf shoes, J.R. wants to create a small scale golf tour exclusively for NBA players. In an article J.R. penned for the NBPA, he says,
“I also want to host a celebrity golf weekend where I bring athletes and Hollywood guys to my hometown to show them where I’m from. But more than anything, it’s to help the youth because when they see us, they just get so engaged and inspired.”
“That’s not all. I have the idea of organizing a mini golf tour for NBA players. A lot of us play golf. I’ve been trying to get the guys to do one. We’d do like three cities, go to the three best golf courses and have our own little mini tour. Have fans come out and watch.”
“Realistically, it can be one day out of the week at a golf course, and let’s say 10 guys would play. It’s not a 50-man field like the PGA Tour. It would be a select group, two at at time. Then all the money would be donated to each other’s charities. And the players could be paired with a celebrity. Justin Timberlake plays, Samuel Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, all these Hollywood guys. That’s all they talk to me about when they see me—golf, golf, golf.”
Check out the full piece here wherein J.R. talks about some of his goals for the futures and gives a sneak preview of his Team Swish lifestyle store located in New Jersey.