Actor Samuel L. Jackson & David Feherty to Co-Host Celebrity Roast of Celtics Legend Bill Russell for 2nd Annual MENTOR's Champions Golf Challenge at Friar's Head, Long Island


Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell along with Wall Street leader Geoff Boisi will host some of the greatest champions in sports, entertainment and business in the 2nd Annual MENTOR's Champions Golf Challenge September 9-10 on Long Island. The two-day event will feature a celebrity roast of Russell, which will be hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson and Golf Channel's David Feherty. It will take place on the evening of September 9th. Expected participants sharing their stories of Russell include NBA greats Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, football legend Jim Brown and many others.

The celebrity-amateur competition will be held at Friar's Head on Long Island Sound. Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, Friar's Head is the 23rd-rated golf course in America and 32nd in the world.

"I am very proud to have many of my friends join me at our golf tournament to support mentoring," said Russell. "They are still some pretty competitive athletes but more importantly they are donating their time and effort to reconnect with the youngsters of the country and that's what mentoring is about."

Among the participating legends and celebrities will include NBA greats John Havlicek, Clyde Drexler, Sam Jones, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore and Bruce Bowen; Sports personality Ahmad Rashad; baseball Hall of Famers Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice; and football legends Steve Largent and Jim Brown, the greatest athlete from Long Island. Brown has dedicated much of his life to helping inner-city youth through education and mentoring.

"The MENTOR's Champions Golf Challenge this year will take its place as the signature celebrity amateur golf event in the New York Metropolitan area," said Geoff Boisi. "MENTOR has helped establish affiliates in 27 states around the country and impacted more than 3 million kids. Bill Russell has been a world class leader inspiring kids and the mentoring movement his entire career."

Proceeds from the MENTOR's Champions Golf Challenge will benefit MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, which Boisi founded with Raymond G. Chambers 20 years ago. Russell has served as a founding board member. In addition, the tournament will benefit MENTOR's local affiliates - the Mentoring Partnerships of Long Island and New York City.

"To have so many leaders from finance to the sports and entertainment worlds participate with their time and financially speaks volumes about Bill Russell's catalytic leadership and dedication to our nation's youth," said MENTOR president and CEO David Shapiro. "We are thrilled to have Ernst & Young and Roundtable Investment Partners return for a second year as the co-presenting sponsors as this event provides critical resources and attention for our work to expand mentoring opportunities for our nation's youth that will widen pathways to successful adulthood."

About MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) champions youth mentoring in the United States. Its goal is to help children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide, and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, research and tools. It works closely with state mentoring partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers throughout the country, serving more than 3 million children in all 50 states. There are currently 18 million children in America who want and need a mentor, but only 3 million have one. MENTOR's mission is to close the gap so that every one of those 15 million children has a caring adult in their life. For more information, visit www.mentoring.org.


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