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CHAZ NIELL PHOTO | Former NBA player Charles Barkley (left) alongside former professional golfer David Feherty and actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Friar’s Head Golf Course in Riverhead hosted the second annual MENTOR’s Champions Golf Challenge yesterday, which featured some of the greatest athletes in sports.
NFL legend Jim Brown and NBA greats Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Clyde Drexler, John Havlicek and Alonzo Mourning were among the athletes to participate in the charity tournament.
Eleven-time NBA champion Bill Russell hosted the event, although he was unable to attend this year because of an illness. Russell was a founding board member of The National Mentoring Partnership.
Russell’s daugher Karen served as a co-host for the event in her father’s absence.
“It was great to see how my dad has touched all of their lives in different ways,” she said in a press release. “The fact that each of them has gone on to be mentors for so many people is the very essence of what mentoring is all about — you’re impacted, and then you go on to make an impact on others.”
The two-day event also featured a celebrity roast hosted by actor Samuel L.Jackson and David Feherty, a former professional golfer who works for the Golf Channel.
JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | NBA legends Julius “Dr. J” Erving (left) and Charles Barkley were part of last year’s golf tournament at Friar’s Head to raise money for youth mentoring.
Some of the greatest athletes ever will once again descend on the North Fork for a charity golf tournament hosted by 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell.
Friar’s Head Golf Club in Riverhead will host the MENTOR’s Champions Golf Challenge on Sept. 9-10 for the second straight year.
NBA legends Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving and Alonzo Mourning will be among the star-studded group to hit the links to support the National Mentoring Partnership, which was founded 20 years ago. Russell, the legendary Boston Celtics center, has served as a founding board member of the program.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson will be a guest alongside co-host David Feherty of CBS/Golf Channel. They’ll serve as the hosts of a Celebrity Roast of Bill Russell, which will be the evening of Sept. 9.
“I am very proud to have many of my friends join me at our golf tournament to support mentoring,” Russell said in a press release. “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.”