Ben pledged his 38th birthday to raise money for clean water projects this year.
He's a professional golfer living in Dallas, but you may better recognize him from his PGA boy band, "Golf Boys." After the success of their first YouTube video, Ben and his buddies/fellow golfers, Rickie Folwer, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan recently released a second hit to help raise money for clean water projects. He's a hilarious and incredibly genuine guy, and we're thrilled to have his enthusiasm and creativity working toward safe drinking water for others.
BEN'S TAKE ON BIRTHDAYS:
Most embarrassing birthday wish you've ever made? Once I wished I could get a certain girl to be my date to a high school dance. I actually imagined us dancing to that "She's Got The Look" song which is terribly embarrassing to admit.
Why did you decide to pledge your next birthday campaign for clean water? I love the idea of changing the way we celebrate our birthdays. Being able to receive birthday gifts in the form of clean water for people in need is both simple and brilliant. I think the charity: water platform is great because it gives anyone the opportunity to raise support and awareness for the cause.
Name your top three mandatory birthday treats/indulgences. Angel food cake with fresh strawberries is probably my biggest weakness. I love a great glass of wine and think it's pretty tough to beat a great burger with all the fixins.
How seriously do you embrace the spotlight on your birthday? I don't really embrace the spotlight on my birthday. I think it's just a marker for our limited time on earth. Partnering with charity: water has been a great excuse to divert any spotlight or attention I receive on my birthday to what they are doing.
Which birthday do you remember looking forward to most -- and why? 16. I was tired of begging my older brother for rides.
Best birthday surprise you've ever received? I ended up in the Bahamas on my 30th birthday with a bunch of really close friends. That was pretty memorable. This year my daughter wrote me an incredible birthday card. It's one of the best gifts I've ever received. I keep it in my Bible now. I promise that nobody will ever find anything in a department store that's as special as that.