With spring in the air and soccer season in full-bloom, we can’t wait to get outside for the Annual Murray Hanson Golf Classic!
Every year we take to the golf course in honor of our dear friend, colleague and Lonestar coach, Murray Hanson. Since his unexpected passing in 2013, we have dedicated our annual golf tournament in memory of Murray, and at the request of the Hanson family, all donations and proceeds raised go directly to the Lonestar Financial Aid Program to help ensure we never turn a child away from playing soccer.
After a professional playing career, Murray was a longtime coach at Lonestar who dedicated and committed his time to the beautiful game of soccer. Coach Murray brought out the best in his players and teams, who remember him fondly for his fun-loving character, vibrance and silly antics. He was well known as a quiet, calm and thoughtful man who touched the lives of thousands of young soccer players in the most positive ways throughout his career. His passion and love for the sport developed even further through the players he coached.
Steve Allison, Executive Director of College Placement and an important member of Lonestar since its inception in 2004, reflected on Murray Hanson and the impact he had on the lives of everyone he met:
“I was fortunate to know Murray Hanson while he worked for me in the South program back in the day. For those of you who did not get to know him you missed out on a wonderful man and a coach who cared deeply about his players and people in general. That was never more evident to me than at his memorial service. I could not believe the number of current and former players, parents, coaches, colleagues and friends who came out that night. As well, others who could not attend reached out to express their condolences, thoughts and prayers for Murray, his family and the Lonestar family.
"After a long playing and coaching career, Murray spent the last decade of his life in Austin coaching our boys and girls and was always there for his players. Murray instilled confidence and coached with respect and grace. He always got the most out of his players and teams.
"Austin was the place he loved and always wanted to be. Murray loved all the activity near his South Congress home, especially the Continental Club, and never missed a week of SXSW. He had a great time staying fit with morning runs around Lake Austin or bike riding the trails, was a solid golfer and even known to blow the froth off a couple cold ones from time to time.
"Murray Hanson was an unassuming man that lived his life with integrity and respect for everyone. To have our annual golf tournament dedicated to him is a fitting honor in his memory!”
Coach Murray gave us great memories and we will keep them close to our hearts.
We’ve put together a full day of golf, food, prizes and camaraderie to raise money and have fun honoring a great man with a worthy cause.
The mission of Lonestar's Financial Aid Program is to provide all kids with positive life-changing opportunities through soccer. All donations and proceeds raised will go to the Lonestar Financial Aid Program benefiting more than 340 youth and families throughout Central Texas with nearly $350,000 distributed during the 2017-18 season alone.