Bo Jackson To Host 5th Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Classic
ABOUT THE EVENT: The fifth annual Bo Jackson Celebrity Charity Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 21, 2013 at the prestigious Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook, IL. With stunning views and awe inspiring terrain, this course offers the opportunity to experience a “golf masterpiece” while having fun supporting a great cause. The event, hosted by Bo Jackson, will again benefit the Give Me A Chance Foundation, which is dedicated to guiding disadvantaged youth towards personal and professional growth. Proceeds go toward the development and support of the many athletic and educational programs offered by the foundation.
Every year, the event draws an All Star list of top name sport celebrities, recording artists, radio and TV personalities. Each foursome will have a special celebrity join them for golf. Guests will also have the extraordinary opportunity to mingle, dine and get autographs from the likes of Bo Jackson, Joe Carter, Eddie George, Ray Lewis, Stan Makita, Fred McGriff and many more stars from the sports and entertainment world.
The program includes a round of golf, driving range, continental breakfast, lunch, attendee gift bag, dinner, and DJ entertainment. In addition, the day will be highlighted by an extensive silent and live auction featuring rare sports/entertainment collectibles, along with special promotions on every hole, prizes, awards, contests and photo opportunities with the stars. The foundation is proud to have a number of Fortune 500 sponsors for this event including Nike, New Era, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Maui Jim, and many more top corporations.
"I am genuinely excited about the impact our charity golf classic has made on so many. The foundation is uniquely positioned to use all of our personal experiences to find the best programs to support and nurture the kids we help. Most of us have been blessed in life, relationships and in business. We should each have a moral obligation to give back to the community” said Werner Koos, Board of Directors President, Give Me A Chance Foundation.
Not a golfer? There are many other opportunities to get involved in this worthwhile event. Those interested are welcome to donate a prize for inclusion in the silent auction or raffle, volunteer or make a cash donation. The Give Me A Chance Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, with all donations fully tax deductible.
For more information on sponsorships and participation opportunities for the 5th Annual Bo Jackson Celebrity Charity Golf Classic, please visit www.givemeachancefoundation.org.
The Give Me A Chance Foundation is pleased to welcome Diana Gilley as Program Director. She previously served as Membership Director at Crystal Tree Country Club, as well as, Chicago’s Metropolitan Club and has a background in sales and marketing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Louisville. Along with her experience of chairing successful fund raising event committees and volunteering with non-profit groups, Diana also brings strong organizational and communications skills to the Foundation.
“We are privileged to have Diana joining Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation as Program Director and look forward to forging strong relationships with our kids and families,” stated Werner J. Koos, President and Director. Diana is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the young people that participate and to help give them an opportunity to succeed in life with the skills fostered in the various programs.
About Bo Jackson’s Give Me A Chance Foundation The purpose of the Give Me A Chance Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation, is to inspire disadvantaged youth to become involved in sports by providing an opportunity to train at an elite level while emphasizing a strong commitment to education.
Our programs are designed to help develop the skills, discipline and strong character necessary for those served to reach their highest level of personal growth, professional achievement and community leadership.
BY TOM COYNE
Bo Jackson no longer hears crowds roar celebrating his White Sox feats, or, earlier, from fans wowed by his skills on the football field. Doesn't matter, he says: "I've moved on from being an employee to being an employer." Now 46, Jackson still lives in the Chicago area, as a part owner of the Burr Ridge Bank & Trust and the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex in Lockport. Jackson says he finds being a businessman just as rewarding and challenging as being an athlete. "I'm learning something new every day," he says. "I'm also learning that if you don't watch yourself, you can be taken advantage of quickly in the business world. The thing I try to do is surround myself with smart, astute business people, and that seems to help out a great deal." Last week, Jackson entertained a crowd of about 300 people attending a College Football Hall of Fame luncheon in South Bend. The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner says that people often tell him how sorry they are that his football and baseball careers were cut short by a hip injury he suffered in 1991. "Don't be sorry for me," he says. "It was a blessing in disguise. We, as humans, have to realize that God puts speed bumps in our road of life. My speed bump was me injuring myself. I've gotten over that." Jackson - who says his name is short for "Boar Hog," a nickname neighborhood kids gave him because he was so tough - says he always had extra motivation to play well against the New York Yankees because he believed team owner George Streinbrenner had told people that he had accepted a payoff to attend Auburn after passing up a $250,000 signing bonus with the Yankees. "He said in print the reason Vincent Jackson didn't sign with the Yankees was because, since he signed with Auburn University, he and his brothers and sisters are all driving nice cars, and his mother just became owner of a chain of 7-Eleven stores," Jackson says. "I'm thinking, 'How can he say that?' And if it's true, where's the Porsche I'm supposed to be driving?" Jackson says he chose college because he wanted to be the first in his family to go to a four-year school. It took a little longer than originally planned, but in 1995 he earned his degree in family and child development from Auburn. Jackson surprised the sports world back in 1986 when he was picked No. 1 in the NFL draft and spurned a $7 million offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Instead, he signed to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals. Eventually, he came back to football with the Los Angeles Raiders. He made the "Bo Knows" commercial in which Michael Jordan, Kirk Gibson, Jim Everett and other sports stars attest that Bo knows their sport, then Wayne Gretzky skates up and says, "No." The commercial ends with Jackson trying to play a guitar on stage along with Bo Diddley. Jackson says his mother, uncles and aunts, all big fans of Diddley, wouldn't believe he was with the famous musician until they saw the commercial. "That's part of what makes my life so unique," he says. "I've gotten to do things, go places, see people, that I never dreamed of."
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