3rd Annual Event Hosted by Jerry West to Benefit the Orange County Ronald McDonald House
Los Angeles, CA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in conjunction with ONE Basketball Organization and Audi, will host its third annual Golf Classic on Friday, November 16th at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, California. This year’s field will once again bring out some of the biggest names in basketball including returning host, Los Angeles Lakers legend and Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1980 enshrinee, Jerry West.
The ONE Basketball Organization Hall of Fame Golf Classic presented by Audi will feature Basketball Hall of Famers and basketball celebrities with one represented with each golf foursome. Hall of Famers scheduled to participate include Elgin Baylor, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King, Annie Meyers, Gary Payton, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and select members from the Class of 2018. Guests will be treated to a special welcome breakfast, as well as a cocktail reception and dinner to close out the day’s events.
“Monarch Beach Golf Links is a beautiful backdrop for this tremendous annual charity golf tournament,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We’re very pleased to once again align with the Orange County Ronald McDonald House and contribute to the remarkable work they are doing, while partnering with ONE Basketball Organization and Audi for this cause.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, as well as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In combination with the golf outing, legendary players will visit the Ronald McDonald House to engage with the families residing there and bring a dose of fun and excitement.
"The Orange County Ronald McDonald House is ecstatic to partner with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Noel Burcelis, Executive Director Orange County Ronald McDonald House. “The Hall of Fame inductees exemplify character traits such as commitment, dedication and heart, which our charity so often witnesses in the families we serve. This truly is a coming together of two great organizations."
The Orange County Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms will use the resources generated to provide a comforting "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Orange County hospitals. The Basketball Hall of Fame will use funds generated by the charity golf event to support youth initiatives, educational platforms, artifact and exhibit preservation, and the overall growth and awareness of the sport of basketball.
“ONE Basketball Organization is thrilled to come in as title sponsor of the 3rd Annual Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic in support of Ronald McDonald House,” said Grant McGuire, Founder & CEO. “Our core values center around youth development, along with building products and programs that keep in line with the historicity of basketball. Partnering with these two exemplary organizations was an easy choice.”
Echoing this, Audi Marketing Manager Alan Cruciani said, “Audi is excited to once again team up with the Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic in support of the Ronald McDonald House and Orange County community. We look forward to a great event at a beautiful venue.”
The site of the Golf Classic, Monarch Beach Resort, is an iconic Orange County property that exemplifies the best of resort life with luxurious accommodations, exquisite cuisine and premium spa and recreational facilities. The Monarch Beach Golf Links was designed by legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and offers unmatched views of the Pacific Ocean.
A limited number of golf foursomes are available, as well as sponsorship opportunities. Each foursome will include a fifth golfer – a Basketball Hall of Famer or basketball personality. For more information on golf foursomes and partnership opportunities, call 413.231.5540.
About Orange County Ronald McDonald House: Since opening in 1989, the Orange County Ronald McDonald House has provided comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. Our hope is to create a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy. The Orange County Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comforting "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Orange County hospitals.
About ONE Basketball Organization: Founded in 2015, the ONE BASKETBALL ORGANIZATION is a global sports organization aimed at supporting the growth of basketball worldwide. OBO’s goal is to create and provide replicable, participatory, and free methods of playing basketball to the global population of players. OBO aims to partner and collaborate with existing sports organizations, universities, schools, clubs, and not for profit organizations in an effort to use basketball as a key component to change the lives of millions of players worldwide.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.
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