BIRDLAND – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, an avid golfer, will host the Matt Ryan Celebrity-Am Classic on Sunday and Monday at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Sugarloaf to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Matt Ryan Foundation.
“I think it’s going to be a great event,” Ryan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think it’s going to be a unique experience for people to come out and be able to meet some of the guys and play golf with some of the guys and raise some money for a great cause.”
The event quickly filled up, but they’ll certainly still accept donations on behind of the hospital and foundation.
On Sunday, a special golf outing will be held for sponsors. Each of the six NFL players/celebrities will be paired with four amateurs and will rotate into three of the amateur groups during the round. Also, a live/silent auction and draw party will be held.
On Monday, each of the corporate foursomes will be paired with one of the NFL players or other invited celebrity guests.
Corporate sponsorship packages ranged from $800 to $10,000 and were soldout immediately.
Some of the players slated to participate are wide receiver Michael Jenkins, quarterback Chris Redman, tight end Justin Peele and quarterback John Parker Wilson. Other sports figures include NBA hall of famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving, former Falcons great Jessie Tuggle, former Braves catcher Javy Lopez and former Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals U.S. News & World Report.
With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog