Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Julius Erving, Shannon Miller, Carl Lewis among celebrities to play in Art of Olympians fundraiser in Bonita Springs

Julius Erving, Shannon Miller, Carl Lewis among celebrities to play in Art of Olympians fundraiser in Bonita Springs

Professional and Olympic athletes will participate in the 2012 Art of the Olympians College of Life Foundation Premiere Olympian Golf Classic. The charity event is December 2nd – 4th at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs.  The tournament pairs celebrity-athletes with amateurs in a fundraiser for Art of the Olympians Foundation Inc., the Fort Myers-based museum and gallery.

The inaugural tournament recognizes the return of golf to the games at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Athletes participating include:

§  Cornelius Bennett, football: Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts; 5-time Pro Bowl; 2-time All-Pro
§  Lee Elder, golf: 14 professional wins; first African-American to play the Masters
§  Mike Eruzione, hockey: USA Olympic hockey; 1 gold medal; scored winning goal during Miracle on Ice game versus Russia

§  Julius “Dr. J” Erving, basketball: 11-time NBA All-Star; 4 MVP titles; 3 championships

§  Rowdy Gaines, swimming: USA Olympic swimming; 3 gold medals; NBC TV swimming commentator

§  Artis Gilmore, basketball: 6-time NBA All-Star; 5-time ABA All-Star

§  Carl Lewis, track and field: USA Olympic track and field; 9 gold and 1 silver medal

§  Rodney Hampton, football: New York Giants; 2-time Pro Bowl; XXV Super Bowl champion

§  Tim Hardaway, basketball: USA Olympic basketball; 5-time NBA All-Star; 1997 All NBA team

§  Jackie Joyner-Kersee, track and field; USA Olympic track and field; 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals

§  Mark McCumber, golf: 10-time PGA Tour winner

§  Shannon Miller, gymnastics: USA Olympic gymnastics; 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals

§  Nat Moore, football: Miami Dolphins; 1977 All Pro and Pro Bowl teams

§  Chris Mullin, basketball: NBA 1985-2001; Dream Team 1992; 5-time NBA All-Star

§  Bobby Nichols, golf: 11-time PGA Tour winner

The presenting sponsor is WCI Communities. Other sponsors currently committed to the tournament are The Colony Golf & Country Club and The News-Press Media Group.

Information in this article from the Naples Daily News.  For the full Naples Daily News article, click here.

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