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Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic
Tom Landers
By Tom Landers
Published on 10/18/2007

Nationís Top Celebrities coming to Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic

New England’s biggest celebrity golf event, the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic, will have a new look this year.

The celebrity tournament returns to Connecticut, August 23-26 and will switch from Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam. Ct. to the Mohegan Sun Country Club, formerly Pautipaug Country Club, in Baltic, Ct..

 This will be the third year Rashad, an NFL All-Pro and Emmy award-winning sportscaster, has hosted the Celebrity Classic and more than 50 stars of sports and entertainment are scheduled to participate. The event includes a celebrity pro-am day for sponsors, special charity events and a celebrity team competition open to the public.

“Together with Ahmad Rashad we’re committed to creating a world class celebrity golf event that brings together many of the best celebrity players in golf,” said Mitchell Etess, president and chief executive officer of the Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan Sun Country Club is located less than 15 minutes from Mohegan Sun.

“It’s all about doing it right and building an all-star event that works for the players, the fans and the state of Connecticut,” said Rashad. “I am an alumni of the Boys and Girls Club, so I’m excited to announce their involvement as our official charity this year. It is especially significant because the Boys and Girls Clubs were actually founded in Hartford.”

 Founded in 1860, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford (BGCH) has become one of the premier providers of youth development programs and services in Hartford. Currently, BGCH serves over 8,000 children from nine locations in Hartford and one (the Connecticut Juvenile Training School) in Middletown.

BGCH provides services to at-risk children ages 6 to 18 and their families. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford, an affiliate organization of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, is also the birthplace of the national movement.

“We believe the most important work being done in America today is done at local clubs like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford,” said Frank Sanchez, vice president of corporate and partners relations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. “This is why we support the positive work of the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic.”

Among those scheduled to play in the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic are baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, Olympic champions Mike Eruzione and Dan Jansen, basketball Hall of Famers George Gervin and Charles Barkley, football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, NFL greats Jim McMahon and Richard Dent, former UConn basketball player and NBA All-Star Ray Allen, former New York Yankees relief pitcher Goose Gossage, baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter and major league baseball all-stars Gorman Thomas, Vince Coleman and Doug Flynn.

Last year, former Major League baseball All-Star Vince Coleman and tournament host Rashad teamed up to win the Celebrity Classic on the third playoff hole.

Since its inception, the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic has raised more than $400,000 for charity and attracted dozens of stars from entertainment and sports including Academy Award nominee Bill Murray, Academy Award winner Joe Pesci, football Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Marcus Allen, baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, basketball Hall of Famers John Havlicek, Charles Barkley and Julius Irving, Olympian Dan Jansen, and recording stars The Gatlin Brothers.

Limited spots are available for the celebrity pro-am on Friday, Aug. 24. Every pro-am foursome features a celebrity. Spectator tickets for The Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Team Championship on Aug. 26 will be announced. For VIP players spots in the Celebrity Pro-Am and sponsorships, please call 860-674-5224.