Second Annual Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational Celebrates Basketball While Raising Money For Nations of Coaches

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Coach Michael Woodson Hosted All-Star Guests for Ultimate VIP Weekend in Las Vegas to kick-off NBA Summer League

Coach Woodson and wife Terri Woodson Walk the Red Carpet in Las Vegas

It was a fun weekend of friends, golf and charity. I’m proud of the positive impact we have made to date thanks to our sponsors, guests and supporters - Coach Woodson

The 2nd annual Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational, the ultimate luxury weekend hosted by Assistant Clippers Coach Michael Woodson was a huge success, helping to raise money for Nations of Coaches. The event, co-hosted by ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, Jay Harris, Actor and Comedian Erik Griffin and Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer, Seema Sadekar, was held at The Palazzo® Las Vegas, with golf at Southern Highlands Golf Club, an exquisite Robert Trent Jones designed property.

“This event is so important to Nations of Coaches and what we are trying to do for young athletes in our communities, each student-athlete should have a chance for real success on and off the court,” said Tommy Kyle Executive Director for Nations of Coaches. “I’d like to thank Coach Woodson and everyone else that helped make this event such a huge success – allowing us to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause for young people.”

The three day event kicked off on Friday, July 10 with an educational basketball clinic presented by COX Communications that hosted junior participants who received hands-on coaching from the accomplished Coach Woodson along with NBA greats. Saturday, July 11, welcomed VIP guests to golf practice rounds presented by CASAMIGOS Tequila at Southern Highlands Golf Club and the Woodson Jacket Welcome Reception presented by ZACAPA Rum at the Paiza Lounge at The Venetian. On Sunday, Woodson hosted a Celebrity Skins Game presented by CASAMIGOS Tequila at Southern Highlands Golf Club followed by a Red Carpet and Pairings Party at LAVO, inside The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

On Monday, guests were treated to another round of golf at Southern Highlands where they were also able to experience the first ever Woodson Playoff sponsored by the LA Clippers, comprised of the top three celebrities from the winning teams along with an amateur playing partner of their choice. NBA XM Radio conducted interviews in the CASAMIGOS Lounge with stunning views of 18, chatting with Coach himself, Byron Scott and Julius Erving. Land Rover Las Vegas showcased a 2015 Range Rover for the hole-in-one, which ESPN anchor Jay Harris won last year from 198 yards. Large banners of Jonathan and Drew Scott were prominently displayed on course providing a fun “Closest to the Twins” contest. All in the day was an experience guests will never forget. COX Communications and Truvee Wines helped make the entire weekend an experience for the ladies as well by providing signature ladies experiences while the gentlemen were on course.

“I couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out,” said Coach Woodson. “It was a fun weekend of friends, golf and charity. I’m proud of the positive impact we have made to date thanks to our sponsors, guests and supporters. This was truly a memorable event for all involved, helping raise money for Nations of Coaches.”

Celebrities that walked the red carpet and attended the events included: Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Jason Kidd, former New York Yankee Roger Clemens, hosts of the hit HGTV show Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, former NFL players Jonathan Odgen, Dale Moss, Andre Reed, MLB Legend, Roger Clemens, former NBA players, Larry Johnson, John Starks, Reggie Theus, Armond Hill, Lakers Head Coach, Byron Scott, Winky Wright, Sportscaster Mike Hill, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and music icons Tony Cornelius, Jon. B, Mike Philips and Brian McKnight and actors: Cedric The Entertainer, Lamon Archey and Alan Thicke.

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