Pop superstar, actor and Millington native Justin Timberlake will be honored for his work as a philanthropist and environmentalist Saturday during Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards, hosted by Jack Black at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Timberlake will be presented with The Big Help Award, which recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and inspire children to do the same. Previous recipients include actor Leonardo DiCaprio and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Timberlake’s ongoing charitable work includes a partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children. A supporter of the organization since 2008, Timberlake hosts the annual Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, a PGA Tour golf tournament featuring a week-long series of events that raises money for the organization’s programs and services for children in need.
“I was inspired at a young age by my parents and family to do everything possible to give back to the world around us,” Timberlake said in a statement Tuesday. “And it has become a mission of mine to help kids of all ages understand the importance of getting involved in their communities and local charities and doing their part to preserve the planet. I couldn’t be more thankful to Nickelodeon for their recognition.”
Timberlake’s Mirimichi Golf Course in Millington, just 20 minutes from Downtown Memphis, is the first course in North America to receive Golf Environment Organization certified status, and the first in the nation to be designated a Certified Audubon International Classic Sanctuary. Mirimichi is the only golf course in the world to hold both designations. Throughout the golf course, ecologically responsible methods are used to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat, and to reduce water and energy consumption.