The 2016 Julius Erving Golf Classic to be held September 10-12 in Philadelphia, PA

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The 2016 Julius Erving Golf Classic will Welcome VIP’s, Celebrities and Guests to The Sofitel Hotel

Julius Erving and Cedric the Entertainer pose for a picture in front of an Erving on-course Museum piece at last year's event

Hall of Fame Basketball forward Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, will host the 2nd annual Julius Erving Golf Classic on Sept. 10-12, at the Sofitel Hotel, a sophisticated, luxurious, downtown hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The three-day event presented by Delta Air Lines and Zacapa Rum will welcome celebrities, golfers and fellow sports legends and athletes for a one-of-a-kind weekend of lifestyle, sports and entertainment.

“The Sofitel Hotel is a beautiful venue and we are excited to partner with them to host our guests for the 2016 Julius Erving Invitational,” said Nisha Sadekar, Event Director with PGD Global. “We are looking forward to coming back to Philadelphia and working with The Salvation Army, an organization that helped shape Mr. Erving’s monumental history, career and journey.”

Hosted by ESPN’s Jay Harris and Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer Seema Sadekar, The Julius Erving Golf Classic will kick-off on September 10, with the Erving Youth Basketball Clinic in partnership with the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. The clinic will be followed by a special Julius Erving Community Panel, where Erving along with fellow NBA Legends and notable Philadelphia personalities will discuss the betterment of sports, local initiatives and community development within Philadelphia.

The following day, September 11, The ACE Club will host guests for the Elite Partner Practice Rounds followed by the highly anticipated Red Carpet, Pairings Party and Erving “Black Tie” Ball with special guests and musical performances. The event proudly welcomes celebrities, sponsors and guests to a one-of-a-kind event. On the final day of September 12, all golfing guests will head to the ACE Club to tee-it-up in the Official Julius Erving Golf Classic Tournament. While participants are on course, ladies will enjoy a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Experience with Dorys Erving, wife of Mr. Julius Erving.

Invited celebrity guests include: Current NBA Stars Andre Iguodala, Gerald Henderson Jr. and Ben Simmons, Broadcaster Ahmad Rashad, Former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Byron Scott, John Starks, Mike Woodson, Reggie Theus, Rick Berry, Gerald Henderson Sr., NFL Greats Marcus Allen and Richard Dent, Musicians Philip Bailey and Eddie Levert, and actors Alan Thicke, Anthony Anderson, Chris Tucker, George Lopez, Vivica A. Fox, Cedric The Entertainer and more.

The event, run by Play Golf Designs, Inc., celebrates the achievements of Julius “Dr.J” Erving in the city of Philadelphia with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Salvation Army, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing comfort, food, shelter and care to the needy around the world. The event also benefits Grab A Ball & Play, an organization that gifts athletic balls to children who are underprivileged, as well as DEFY, an organization that provides healthy meals and nutritional development to children who struggle with obesity. 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 For media inquiries: Rachel Rees: Rachel(at)

Play Golf Designs, Inc. (PGD Global) is a golf marketing & event company, directing and participating in luxury events for some of the world’s most legendary athletes, entertainers and organizations including Coach Mike Woodson, Julius Erving, Jeffrey Osborne, The Broadcasters Foundation of America, Jerome Williams, Reggie Jackson and Ahmad Rashad. PGD blends pop culture and entertainment, creating the most unique, innovative golf events and experiences for each client. PGD Global focuses on celebrating diversity and inclusion in golf while welcoming women to the game with open arms. Specializing in connecting golf to the modern world of trends and fashion, PGD Global operates golf and lifestyle events and experiences all around the country, welcoming new golfers and businesses to the game. Tweet or Instagram @PGDGlobal or Facebook

The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania is the most exclusive corporate club in Greater Philadelphia. The 35,000 square foot clubhouse is the centerpiece of the 300+ acres of pristinely manicured grounds. The comprehensive clubhouse has multiple meeting rooms for corporate meetings and small corporate events, and the entire structure is outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art technology and wireless capabilities. The ACE Club is also home to one of the top-ranked golf courses in Philadelphia, it was noted in January 2015 on Golf Digest's Best in State, and are ranked in the top 20 private courses for Pennsylvania. The 7,500 yard Gary Player Signature Design course is equipped with five tee placements catering to golfers of all abilities. With one of the top caddie programs in Philadelphia to help you navigate the golf course, The ACE Club is a true golf experience. For more information, visit their website at

Sofitel, AccorHotels’ authentic luxury brand, blends local culture and French art de vivre to create magnificent moments for international travelers seeking a uniquely elegant experience. Guests staying at one of Sofitel’s 121 addresses will enjoy design, culture, gastronomy and wellness. All over the world, Sofitel promises travelers looking for contemporary accommodation, a skillful blend of local culture and French art de vivre. Each address is distinctive, with its own “cousu-main” service, stylish interior, and inspired and creative gastronomy. The brand’s hotels are located in large cities like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, or set against wonderful landscapes in destinations like Morocco, Egypt, Thailand and even French Polynesia. Tweet us. IG us. Visit us.

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