CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Anthony Anderson, Hollywood actor and star in the hit television series Law & Order and All about the Andersons, will make his debut at the Gary Player Invitational at Sun City next month, joining Grand Slam champion Gary Player and other prominent golfers, celebrities, sports stars and business leaders in Africa's leading charity tournament.
Anderson, who has hosted Golf in America on the Golf Channel for three seasons and has appeared in over 20 films including The Departed and Transformers, signed up to support the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola after meeting the South African golfing icon at The Masters this year. In the United State leg of the charity series, Anderson displayed his skill as he and his team placed in the top three.
A self-confessed golf addict, Anderson likes to keep things loose on the fairways. "I am fun and talkative during the round, I even play music when I golf," said Anderson.
The Los Angeles native joins professional golfers Cheyenne Woods and Retief Goosen as some of the biggest names to have confirmed their place in the tournament, which raises funds for the Wildlands Conservation Trust in partnership with Qhubeka and Wings and Wishes.
The married, father of two is sure to keep golf fans entertained and draw the crowds when he takes to the fairways of The Lost City Golf Course from 16-17 November.
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Gary Player Invitational 2013 Series
United States - Georgia
Dates: 14-15 April 2013
Champions Retreat, Augusta
United Kingdom - England
Dates: 22 July 2013
Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey
China - Shanghai
Dates: 4-5 November 2013
Dates: 16-17 November 2013
The Lost City Golf Course, The Palace Hotel, Sun City
About The Player Foundation
The Player Foundation was established in 1983 by Marc Player. What began as an effort to provide education, nutrition, medical care and athletic activities, for a small community of disadvantaged children living on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa has now blossomed into an organization that circles the globe bringing aid to underprivileged children and impoverished communities.
The Foundation is funded primarily by four Gary Player Invitational events presented through Black Knight International. Pairing celebrities and professional golfers from the PGA and Champions Tours with businessmen and international sports figures, the annual tournaments are staged in the United States, China, Europe and South Africa. The proceeds of these tournaments and other special events provide funding for an ever- expanding number of institutions around the world, including the Blair Atholl Schools in South Africa, the Pleasant City Elementary School in Palm Beach, the Masizame in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, and AIDS infected children in Baoshan, a drug-infested city located on the China-Burma border. Since its establishment, The Player Foundation has donated over $50 million dollars to the support of children's charities, the betterment of impoverished communities and the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the world.
Gary Player, acknowledged as a world class humanitarian, believes that the strength of our future depends upon the abilities of our children. "I have found that the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others does not thrust itself upon us," Player says, "But we do not need to look hard for it either. When you spot the chance to give back to the world, act on it. You will have made life better, for others, and for yourself."
The Gary Player Foundation is a non-profit 501 C (3) organization managed by Black Knight International in Palm Beach, Florida.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, the company's portfolio features 15 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Vitamin Water, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, it is the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy its beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, the company is focused on initiatives that reduce its environmental footprint and which support active, healthy living; as well as creating a safe, inclusive work environment for its associates; and enhancing the economic development of the communities where it operates. Together with its bottling partners, the company ranks among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700 000 system associates. For more information, visit www.thecoca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or visit our blog at www.coca-colablog.com
About the Beneficiaries:
Wings and Wishes
Wings and Wishes was started by staff at the Coca-Cola Sabco bottling company in Port Elizabeth to collect air-miles to transport critically ill children to receive super-specialist medical care.
Wildlands Conservation Trust
The Wildlands Conservation Trust has networks in 35 communities transforming the lives of South African waste-preneurs and tree-preneurs who grow over 600 000 trees and hand-collect over 3 million kilograms of recycled waste annually. The waste and trees are bartered for bicycles, building materials and food as part of the Wildlands' vision to restore the ecosystems that underwrite the welfare of these communities.