Golf News for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Charity

Gary Player Invitational charity event set for Augusta, Georgia

Black Knight International will host the US leg of the Gary Player Invitational charity series on April 13-14, 2014 at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The annual event is an intimate gathering of professional athletes, celebrities, and business people representing a "Union of Golf and Giving," as the charity Pro-Am tournament raises funds for The Player Foundation to benefit underprivileged children across the globe.

"Our GPI events continue to grow with each year, and we are pleased to kick off the 2014 series at Champions Retreat in Augusta," said Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight International. "It is an exciting time to meet with many of our friends and corporate partners while attending The Masters. We are looking forward to a very successful event and hope to make it the best year yet."

The Gary Player Invitational (GPI) global series consists of charity golf tournaments held in the USA, Europe, China, and South Africa. Each event pairs celebrities and professional golfers with international businessmen in a Pro-Am team competition.

Confirmed celebrities joining the GPI at Champions Retreat include: Hollywood actors Anthony Anderson, Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, Beverly Johnson, and Joel Gretsch; pro athletes Victor Green, Chris Doleman, Chris Singleton, George Gervin, Andre Reed, and Ed "Too Tall" Jones; Olympians Dan Jansen and Lloyd Eisler; and golfers Sandra Gal, Jeremy Dale, Jamie Sadlowski, and Karen Palacios-Jansen

Funds raised at the charity event will benefit The Player Foundation, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. Gary Player's namesake Foundation counts an ever-expanding number of beneficiaries including: BerenbergKids, the Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STDs and AIDS, Wings & Wishes, the Wildlands Conservation Trust in partnership with Qhebeka, as well as many others. Since its establishment in 1983 by Marc Player, The Player Foundation has raised more than $50 million to the support of children's charities, the betterment of impoverished communities, and the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the world.

"There are so many children all over the world who need access to a quality education, nutritional programs, fitness, and especially a safe and loving environment in which to grow," said GPI host and golfing icon Gary Player. "I have always felt that contributing to others is essential, and we as a society must do whatever we can to invest in the future of our youth."

Champions Retreat Golf Club is a 27-hole layout located in Augusta, Georgia. This unique championship golf course features nine signature holes of championship golf designed by three of the greatest names in the game - Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer.

Gary Player Invitational 2014 Series

United States - Georgia
Dates: 13-14 April 2014
Champions Retreat, Augusta

Europe - United Kingdom
Dates: 20-21 July 2014
Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey

China - Shanghai
Dates: 3-4 November 2014
Shanghai Links

South Africa - Sun City
Dates: 20-23 November 2014
The Lost City Golf Course, The Palace Hotel, Sun City

Established in 1983 by Marc Player, Black Knight International is a global holding company for The Player Group and the constantly expanding family of Gary Player® brands. With a powerful presence in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Black Knight is a multicultural and multilingual company offering branded services for the leisure and real estate industries. This rapidly growing firm is diverse and infused with the same tenaciousness and drive as Gary Player, world renowned iconic golfer. The holding company divisions include: Gary Player Design, Player Real Estate, Black Knight Enterprises, Black Knight Solutions, Black Knight Capital, Gary Player Academies, and 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.

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