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R Randy Kirk… Kirk’s Kids andy is one interesting man. From 1987 to 1999 he played for seven NFL teams. From 1996-99 he played for the 49ers as a linebacker and long snapper. Today he is the father of six children, lives in Morgan Hill and is a major advocate for chil- dren, his own and those less fortunate. Professionally, he owns Kirk Enterprises, founded by his father, Sherrel, in 1976. Randy is a big man with a hearty handshake and ready smile. He attributes a slight limp to his NFL days. Randy’s advocacy for kids began a while back in San Diego when he was on a police ride along with another former NFL player, then a cop. One of the day’s activities resulted in the arrest and deten- tion of a young mother with an addiction issue. The arrest left a nine-year-old and a baby without their mother, who seemed not to care about their welfare or future. This had a profound impact on the former linebacker. Not long after, Randy established Kirk’s Kids. While some philanthropists host events that include maybe a dinner, a dance, a live auction and/or a golf tournament, Randy and his wife, Donna, went another direction and hosted a celebrity clay-shooting event. For several years it was one of those must-attend events. Although encouraged to host an event for a cancer institute in Los Angeles, Randy’s approach to philanthropy took a local GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN approach, by design. His event works through Community Solutions and the Morgan Hill Community Foundation. With his long term NFL connections he could easily have tied into a nation- al cause but he deliberately chose the local scene; with half of the funds raised going to kid related issues identified by Community Solutions and half to St. Catherine’s in Morgan Hill. A sporting-clays event was a natural for Randy. He is a hunter and the competitiveness of clay shooting is a natural for someone with an NFL background. Randy and family have hosted nine Kirk Celebrity Invitational events. The Invitational is a family affair. Randy attributes the organization and scheduling successes to his wife, Donna. His father, Sherrel, recruits more family and friends to handle the cooking. Randy sums up his commitment with, “Kids are awesome!” For the last few years the event has been on hold, however. Six kids and some family health issues took precedence over the char- ity event. Both his wife and mother are cancer survivors. The Kirk family kids range in age from 8 to 18, with his oldest attending college this fall. Randy gets a twinkle in his eye when he talks about his kids. If you know Randy or see him about town, encourage him the host the 10th Kirk Celebrity Invitational! SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 83