6th Annual Tony Dorsett Celebrity Golf Classic To Be Held May 19 At True Blue Golf Plantation To Support Local Program For South Carolina Kids
Money raised goes toward a new 32-acre residential facility in Georgetown that will provide both boys and girls with the opportunity to change their lives
May 3, 2012, Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Tony Dorsett enjoyed a brilliant career as a collegiate and NFL running back, but the former Dallas Cowboys Hall-of-Famer now has set his sights on helping troubled South Carolina kids get an opportunity to become responsible and productive citizens within their local communities.
Registration is now being accepted for the 6th Annual Tony Dorsett AMIkids Celebrity Golf Classic that will be held Saturday, May 19, at True Blue Golf Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding for a much-needed new AMIkids facility in the Georgetown, S.C., area.
The cost is $1,000 per player and each four-person team will be paired with a celebrity. The tournament format will be best ball without handicaps. Some of the celebrities expected to participate, in addition to Dorsett, are former NFL running back George Rodgers, former astronaut Charles Duke, Coastal Carolina University basketball coach Cliff Ellis and past PGA of America president Gary Schaal. For more information or to register for the charity golf event, call (843) 237-2094. To learn more about the organization, visit www.amikids.org .
"I know how important it is to have the support of a team and that is the kind of outstanding support AMIkids is offering to thousands of kids each year," said Dorsett, who retired from the NFL in 1988 following a 12-year career. "They are dedicated to helping these young men and women change the direction of their lives and I am proud to support their efforts."
Founded in 1969, AMIkids, Inc., is a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that helps more than 7,500 troubled kids each year build a better future through positive and motivating programs that inspire learning, leadership and personal growth. Currently, there are about 50 boys ages 14 to 18 housed at the Georgetown facility, which was opened in 1989 as the Georgetown Marine Institute and renamed AMIkids Georgetown in 2009. The new facility will include separate housing for boys and girls.
"We are truly saving lives," said co-chair Wally Johnson, a former brigadier general and owner of a successful defense contracting business he started at age 56. "I am a child of the inner-city projects so I know what someone can accomplish coming out of that background. But I've always been taught that success is not complete unless you share it with others." Johnson shares his chairmanship with "Doc" Lachicotte and Dick Rosen.
The tournament will begin with an auction and parings party on Friday night, May 18, at which several local AMIkids students will share their heartfelt stories.
Founded in 1969, AMIkids, Inc., is a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that offers a promising future to more than 7,500 youth each year through positive and motivating programs that inspire learning, leadership and personal growth in a full-time setting. AMIkids has grown to include 56 programs in nine states across the country. Through education, counseling and behavior modification, students 14 to 18 are empowered to make better decisions for their future. Studies show that 73 percent of our students don't return to their troubled past. For more information, visit www.amikids.org .
About True Blue Golf Plantation
True Blue Golf Plantation, 7,126 yards, par 72, is located on the site of the historic True Blue Plantation, a famed 19th century indigo and rice plantation. Designed by architect Mike Strantz and opened in 1998, True Blue emphasizes the natural beauty of the area, utilizing native grasses and vegetation and maintains much of the character of the South Carolina Lowcountry it was built upon. True Blue has received countless awards, including being named one of "America's Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses" by Golf Digest. It also is one of the South Carolina Golf Course Raters' list of "50 Best Courses." And it is one of Golf Magazine's "Top Ten Places To Play" and "Top 25 Courses in the South." Golfweek also awarded True Blue as being one of the "Top 100 Courses in America."