Cavs Tee off to Support Community Youth in 28th Annual Golf Classic
The 28th Annual Cavaliers Youth Fund Golf Classic, in association with the Cleveland Clinic and Jani-King, was hosted for the third consecutive year at Firestone Country Club on Monday, September 23rd. A cool autumn breeze welcomed Cavs coaches, players and alumni, as well as a legion of supportive partners and friends, for this signature fundraising event to benefit youth in the community as part of the Cavaliers Youth Fund.
Net proceeds from the Golf Classic will go to the Cavaliers Youth Fund (CYF), a fund of the Cleveland Foundation that supports programs designed to benefit young people in the areas of education, recreation, employment and life skills with a particular emphasis on programs aimed toward at-risk youth. Since the fund’s inception in 1993, more than $22 million has been granted through CYF to local non-profit organizations.
More than 250 golfers participated in this year’s outing, including celebrity golfers Cavs General Manager Chris Grant, Cavs Head Coach Mike Brown, the entire current Cavaliers roster, as well as current Cavaliers executives and former players Austin Carr, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Brevin Knight, Larry Nance, Campy Russell, Foots Walker and many others.
“The money raised at the Cavs Youth Fund Golf Classic today will have a significant impact on the lives of many of our community's youth that are in need of help,” said Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski. “We’re very thankful for the incredible support from our partners and friends who came out for a fun day on the course, while giving back at the same time."
Outback Steakhouse provided food on the courses for the golfers during the day. Following the tournament, participants took to the nineteenth hole for a cocktail reception and a chance to bid on sports memorabilia in a silent auction, which also contributed to the Cavaliers Youth Fund.
During the reception, Cavs Vice Chairman and minority owner Nate Forbes, Chris Grant and Len Komoroski, together with Discount Drug Mart’s COO Doug Boodjeh, Sr. VP of Marketing Dave Baytosh and VP of Advertising David Bergman, announced a multi-year agreement that names the Ohio-based drugstore chain as the presenting partner of the Cavaliers’ 2013-14 season. Cavs forward #13 Tristan Thompson then presented the Discount Drug Mart VIPs with their own #13 Cavs “DDM” jerseys.