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Celebrities tee off during practice round for AOTO Golf Classic

Published: Oct 22, 2012 3:39 AM EDT

Celebrity golfers participating in the 2012 Art of the Olympians College of Life Foundation Premiere Golf Classic recently participated in a practice round at The Colony Golf & Country Club.


Celebrity golfers included Russ Rogers, USA Olympic coach and World University Games head coach; Harvey Glance, USA Olympic gold medalist in 4x100 relay; Mel Pender, USA Olympic gold medalist in 4x100 relay; Bob Beamon, USA Olympic gold medalist and long jump record holder; and Renaldo “Skeets” Nehemiah, six-time hurdles world record holder and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver.


“It was once in a lifetime experience to play with the distinguished athletes,” said Ryan Sherry, AOTO Golf Classic committee member. “They are still very competitive and will provide a spirited exhibition.”


To be played Dec. 2 to 4 at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., the tournament pairs celebrity-athletes with amateurs in a fundraiser for Art of the Olympians Foundation Inc., the Fort Myers-based museum and gallery.


Professional golfers, football and basketball players, as well as Olympic athletes have signed up to participate in the inaugural tournament that recognizes the return of golf to the games at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the nonprofit Art of the Olympians Foundation in promoting the highest ideals of humanity with their creative talents through the sport/art relationship by providing programs of art, education, sport and cultural outreach to inspire the world.


The exclusive event is slated to include 29 foursomes, plus pros. Player golf packages begin at $5,000 per foursome and include eight tickets to the Golf Classic dinner and auction, practice round, golf for four with a celebrity-athlete plus tournament food and beverage.


The title sponsor of the inaugural tournament is College of Life Foundation Inc.


The presenting sponsor is WCI Communities. Other sponsors currently committed to the tournament are The Colony Golf & Country Club and The News-Press Media Group. Additional sponsorship packages are available.


The Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery at the Al Oerter Center for Excellence is a nonprofit organization home to unique exhibitions of Olympian art, Olympic memorabilia and educational activities. The museum and gallery opened in 2010 and has since secured the rights to display the USA Olympic rings, an act protected by Congress.


For additional information, call 239-332-5055 or visit Art of the Olympians is located at 1300 Hendry Street, on the waterfront in downtown Fort Myers.

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