“Julius is an integral and iconic part of the Sixers family and it goes without saying that we are proud to support him in any way we can,” - Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 02, 2015
The legendary Hall of Fame Basketball forward Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, will host the Julius Erving Golf Classic (JEGC), a luxury weekend in Philadelphia that will welcome celebrities, golfers and fellow athletes for a one-of-a-kind weekend of legends, lifestyle and sports in support of The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia.
Celebrities joining Erving in Philadelphia for the event include: Former NBA stars Gerald Henderson, Alonzo Mourning, Rick Mahorn, Doug Overton, Malik Rose and World Free; retired baseball stars Reggie Jackson and Joe Carter; and hockey legends Todd Fedourk and John LeClair. Also attending, actor and comedian George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer, Sinbad, Alan Thicke and Vivica A. Fox; Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer, Seema Sadekar, ESPN Sportscenter anchor, Jay Harris, and Comcast SportsNet Sportscaster Mark Zumoff.
The three-day event kicks-off on September 12, at 10 a.m., with the Erving Youth Basketball Clinic at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center in partnership with the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. Through the clinic, which Erving will host with daughter Jazmin, Founder and Executive Director of GRAB A BALL & PLAY Foundation, the Erving’s are looking to give back to the Philly community and provide young people with #HopeWithABasketball and one-on-one coaching from Mr. Erving himself.
“I am honored to partner with the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Rittenhouse to host the Julius Erving Golf Classic,” said Julius Erving. “Through this event, and the Erving Youth Basketball Clinic, I am able to give back to a city that has given me so much.”
The JEGC is partnering with the Philadelphia 76ers, who will participate in the weekend events, be the presenting sponsor of the Erving Dinner & Prize Ceremony, and provide special Erving memorabilia and images for use on course for the Julius Erving museum, where each hole will journey signature moments in time throughout Ervings’ iconic career in basketball.
“Julius is an integral and iconic part of the Sixers family and it goes without saying that we are proud to support him in any way we can,” said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “The goals of the Julius Erving Golf Classic align very closely with ours and we look forward to joining him in his efforts to continually give back to the youth of Philadelphia.”
Additionally, the JEGC has partnered with Black Clover Enterprises on a #DRJRedHat campaign that will provide red hats to all youth and event participants, representing Erving’s iconic career, his ties to Philadelphia and his desire to give back and inspire youth alongside the Salvation Army.
“I feel that the concept of the red hat and Black Clover’s Live Lucky aligns very well with the JEGC and its message of hope,” said Brett Wayment with Black Clover Enterprises. “In this case, every #DRJRedHat is designed to inspire and remember the accomplishments of Mr. Erving while inviting its owner to enjoy life, to embrace every day, to Live Lucky! We are excited and honored to be joined with such a great ambassador of basketball, but more importantly a great ambassador of life.”
On September 13, Aronimink Golf Club will host the Elite Partner Practice Rounds followed by the Erving “Black Tie” Ball and Red Carpet Pairings Party presented by The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia’s most historical and luxurious hotel. At the Black Tie event, guests will mix and mingle while sipping on signature Erving cocktails presented by CASAMIGOS Tequila. On the final day, September 14, guests will head to Aronimink Golf Club to tee-it-up at the Erving Golf Classic tournament. During the golf tournament, the ladies will enjoy a Champagne and Caviar in the famed Aronimink Clubhouse with Dorys Erving, wife of Julius Erving.
About the Julius Erving Golf Classic: The event, run by Play Golf Designs, Inc., benefits the Salvation Army, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing comfort, food, shelter and care to the needy around the world. VIP Packages for the Julius Erving Golf Classic can be tailored to include golf, hospitality, and invitations to the private parties. For information on Erving tickets, packages and experiences call Play Golf Designs Inc. 310.926.4075 or email info(at)playgolfdesigns(dot)com. For media inquiries: Rachel Rees: Rachel(at)pgdglobal(dot)com.
About Aronimink Golf Club: Aronimink Golf Club’s Donald Ross-designed course has a rich history in golf, and is consistently rated one of the finest and most challenging in the US. The course has played host to the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship , the AT&T National, hosted by Tiger Woods, and the U.S. Amateur and will also host the 2018 BMW Championship, an official stop on the PGA TOUR. http://www.aronimink.org/
About The Rittenhouse: The Rittenhouse is an independent luxury hotel that has received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award for 24 consecutive years. Complete with a brand new 3,000 square foot spa and club, this distinguished landmark hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and considered Philadelphia’s most desired address. Opened in 1989, The Rittenhouse is ideally situated on Philadelphia's famed Rittenhouse Square, within walking distance to the heart of the business district and premier shopping corridor. Additionally, the hotel affords easy access to the Philadelphia Convention Center and all of the city's numerous arts, cultural, dining and entertainment venues. For more information, visit rittenhousehotel.com.
About Play Golf Designs, Inc.: Play Golf Designs, Inc. (PGD) is a marketing & events company, directing and participating in luxury events for some of the world’s most legendary athletes, entertainers and organizations including Clippers Assistant Coach Mike Woodson, Julius Erving, The Broadcasters Foundation of America, Jerome Williams and Jonathan Ogden. PGD blends pop culture and entertainment, creating the most unique, innovative golf events and experiences for each client. The Las-Vegas based golf company specializes in connecting golf to the modern world of trends and fashion. Operating events and experiences all around the country, PGD has successfully built strong relationships with some of the game’s biggest clients, partners and vendors.
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