Celebrity golf tournament to benefit Christian Sports International

Updated 16 hours ago

A celebrity golf tournament May 7 at the Pheasant Ridge Golf Club in West Deer will benefit a southern Butler County nonprofit that provides athletic instruction to youth.

Proceeds from “for the kids” will go to Christian Sports International, of Zelienople. Founded in 1990, the organization runs programs for children in urban, rural and suburban communities of the United States and ministry events for men.

The tournament, in its 17th year, features a two-best-balls-of-four format. People can play as part of a foursome ($900) or individually ($250).

Price includes golf with a celebrity, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and registration gift.

The deadline to register is April 27.

CSI president Scott Grinder said there are approximately 100 players.

Among celebrities are former Pirates players Steve Blass and Frank Thomas and former Steelers players Marv Kellum and Greg Best.

Former Pirate Sid Bream and former Steeler Robin Cole will serve as hosts.

Grinder expects $20,000 to be raised. Since the tournament began, he said approximately $220,000 has been collected.

Bream likes to help because he believes there are a lot of children who are growing up in homes with no direction and no affirmation.

“I am very proud to associate with Scott Grinder and the founder, Dave Reddick, for their dedication to making a difference,” he said. Cole said he enjoys being able to bring the good news of how he became a professional athlete.

“To me, there is nothing better than taking the time to share some of my blessing with some of our young people,” he said. “CSI was built on the theory of changing the lives of people by changing (their) hearts.”

CSI offers programs and clinics in various sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer and softball.

Carnegie Mellon baseball coach Claudio Reilsono said he has done a number of baseball camps for the organization.

“The thing I love most about the golf event and CSI events is the impact (they have) on people,” he said. “I like to share my story and hope it has impact on others.”

For more information on the golf tournament or CSI programs, visit TeamCSI.org, write to info@teamcsi.org or call 724-453-1400.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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