Nick Mandich grew up giving back to the community. He said it’s what his father, the late Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich, instilled in him from when he was a little boy.
Hence, the first annual Mad Dog Mandich Golf Classic, which his son started.
“Having lost my father, Jim Mandich, who was such a influence in the community; it’s my mission to continue his legacy through my work.” said Mandich, 25.
Mandich, who is the youngest of Jim and Bonnie Mandich’s three sons, said his dad loved golf, loved the Dolphins and loved giving back to the community. The event will raise money for the Miami Dolphins Touch Down Club, which his father started 12 years ago to give to the community and help former Dolphins players in need.
Registration for the tournament begins at 11 a.m. Feb 8 at Shula’s Golf Club in Miami Lakes.
“Some people, just like anybody, needs a helping hand and that’s the purpose of the foundation, which is to help,” said Mandich.
Jim Mandich was the former tight end for the Miami Dolphins and Dolphins broadcaster. He died in April 2011 of bile duct cancer. The touchdown club gives a portion of its proceeds to help fight cancer in honor of Jim Mandich.
Nick said that the Mandich family is committed to giving and that each year he hopes to grow the golf classic.
“I just want to continue his legacy and help people, whether it be through charitable causes or whether it be through business development,” said Mandich. “My father gave to everybody.”