Sports legend and Miami Dolphins receiver O.J. McDuffie will kick-off his 14th annual namesake Spring Celebrity Golf Classic with a VIP reception on Friday, April 5 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The two-day special event will benefit The O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports at-risk youth and empowers them to better their lives for the future.
Guests, golfers and sponsors can mix and mingle with sports and entertainment celebrities while enjoying a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music and live and silent auctions featuring a variety of luxury items, sports memorabilia and getaways.
The golf tournament will be held on Saturday, April 6 at the Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs (11801 Heron Bay Blvd.) Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Some of the celebrity golfers at past tournaments have included Dan Marino, Alonzo Mourning, Ki-Jana Carter, Jason Taylor, Greg Camarillo, Troy Drayton, Zach Thomas, Lawrence Taylor, Marshall Faulk, Randy McMichael, Channing Crowder, Ricky Williams and Bryant McKinnie.
Designed as a one-of-a-kind luxury experience, the celebrity golf tournament will feature premium beverage and gourmet food stations throughout the course sponsored by over 15 local bars, restaurants and beverage distributors. Participants can relax and take a break at “O.J.’s 19th Hole,” a signature oasis conveniently located in the middle of the course that features entertainment, massage therapists and additional food and drinks. The day concludes with an awards dinner, sharing of stories and photos of their Spring Celebrity Golf Classic experience.
O.J. McDuffie was one of the National Football League’s best receivers throughout the 1990s. Dan Marino stated in his retirement speech, “O.J. was probably the toughest guy I ever played with.” He led the NFL in receptions in 1998 and was named the Miami Dolphin’s MVP in 1997 and 1998. He still remains the fourth all-time receiver in Miami Dolphin history. As a First Team All-American at Penn State University, “Juice” was the Miami Dolphins first round draft pick in 1993, where he played his entire nine year professional football career. A fearless competitor who always gave 100%, O.J. was a leader both on and off the field.
Sponsors for this year’s event include Heron Bay Golf Club, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Princess Promotions, Miller Coors, Sutra Sparkling Liqueur, Ron de Jeremy Rum, John B. Stetson Burbon, Patron, Pisa Nut Liqueur, UV Vodka, KRU 82 Vodka, Simon Azarnia Law, Ameriprise Financial – Adam Klein, and Uncle Al’s Café in Weston, FL.
Teams are still available for a $2,000 entry fee that includes three player spots plus a celebrity guest, six tickets to the VIP Reception on Friday night, gift bags and food and beverages throughout the course. Tickets for the VIP Reception can be purchased separately for $100 each. All tickets and team fees can be purchased at www.catch81foundation.org/