Today, Monday the 24th of May was a very special day for me and for the Youth Leadership Foundation. It was the day we held our 4th annual Johnny Holliday Celebrity Golf Tournament, and like in previous years, it was a tremendous success.
With the help of 30 of my friends in sports and the media, our field of golfers was once again sold out. The tournament benefited The Youth Leadership Foundation, along with a scholarship in my name to the University of Maryland.
The great folks at the YLFD serve disadvantaged youth in DC, helping them boost their academic performances and develop character. My scholarship fund enables one student per year from the YLF to attend the University of Maryland. The past three years, we have helped two students pursue a pre-med and sports journalism degree.
Each foursome in the golf tournament had a celebrity play with them, I'm uncomfortable in using the term '"celebrity" - I view them all as just friends and darn goods ones at that.
This was by far the most impressive list of "friends" that stepped up to help the kids! Talk about a list that resembles a who's who. I know you would have loved to tee it up with the voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Joe Angel. Or how bout playing in a foursome with my partner on Nats Xtra on MASN, the MVP of the '86 world series, Ray Knight, or Rick Dempsey from O's Xtra on MASN.
The greatest third baseman of all time, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was there with us, as were Redskins greats Bobby Mitchell, Larry Brown, and Brig Owens, and the long-time voice of Notre Dame football, Tony Roberts.
John Cougherty, supervisior of officials in the ACC flew up from North Carolina, and one of his officials from the Baltimore Washington area, Sean Hull impressed everyone with his booming drives off the tee. Sean found most of them!
Montgomery County police chief Tom Manger joined us along with long-time voice of the Bullets and Redskins, the legendary Frank Herzog. Ron Hansen, the former American League rookie of the year teed it up for the kids too. My two radio partners on Maryland football and basketball, Jonathan Claiborne and Chris Knoche helped out. The winningest high school coach in Maryland history, Good Counsel's Bob Milloy, and DC sports anchors, Dan Hellie and Dave Feldman were all part of a great day on the links.
My thanks also to Robert Tanebaum, one of the principal owners of the Washington Nationals, not only for playing in the tournament, but also for the Lerner Family Foundation's support of the Youth Leadership Foundation.
There are so many more people to thank, who without their support there would be no tournment. Mike Manders, Midge Saint, Rick Leverrier, Bob McCarthy, Mike Barvick, Steve Baldwin and the nice people at Bretton Woods Golf Club.
We plan on doing it again next year. If you can make it, I'd love to have you join us and experience a day that you will never forget, a day to benefit the kids of Washington DC.