Augusta, United States: Black Knight International will host the US leg of the Gary Player Invitational (GPI) charity series at Georgia’s Champions Retreat Golf Club on April 13-14.
The annual event is an intimate gathering of professional athletes, celebrities and business people representing a ‘Union of Golf and Giving’, as the charity Pro-Am tournament raises funds for The Player Foundation to benefit underprivileged children across the globe.
“Our GPI events continue to grow with each year, and we are pleased to kick off the 2014 series at Champions Retreat in Augusta,” said Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight International. “It is an exciting time to meet with many of our friends and corporate partners while attending The Masters. We are looking forward to a very successful event and hope to make it the best year yet.”
The GPI global series consists of charity golf tournaments in the USA, Europe, China, and South Africa. Each event pairs celebrities and professional golfers with international businessmen in a Pro-Am team competition.
Confirmed celebrities joining the GPI at Champions Retreat include Hollywood actors Anthony Anderson, Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, Beverly Johnson and Joel Gretsch; pro athletes Victor Green, Chris Doleman, Chris Singleton, George Gervin, Andre Reed and Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones; Olympians Dan Jansen and Lloyd Eisler; and golfers Sandra Gal, Jeremy Dale, Jamie Sadlowski and Karen Palacios-Jansen.
Funds raised at the charity event will benefit The Player Foundation, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. Gary Player’s namesake Foundation counts an ever-expanding number of beneficiaries including BerenbergKids, the Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STDs and AIDS, Wings & Wishes, the Wildlands Conservation Trust in partnership with Qhebeka, as well as many others.
Since its establishment in 1983 by Marc Player, The Player Foundation has raised more than US$50 million to the support of children’s charities, the betterment of impoverished communities, and the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the world.
“There are so many children all over the world who need access to a quality education, nutritional programmes, fitness, and especially a safe and loving environment in which to grow,” said GPI host and golfing icon Gary Player. “I have always felt that contributing to others is essential, and we as a society must do whatever we can to invest in the future of our youth.”
Champions Retreat Golf Club is a 27-hole layout located in Augusta, Georgia. This unique course features nine signature holes designed by three of the greatest names in the game – Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
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