SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — It was a good time, with an even better result. The Pro Players Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament raises tens of thousands of dollars for local children’s charities, including providing scholarships to a gifted Native American student and gifting to the Boys and Girl’s Club of Greater Scottsdale, Lehi Branch. The tournament, ia an annual event in Scottsdale, featuring a number of other fundraising activities as well, including a pre-party the night before at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek.
Overall, the tournament helps provide youth scholarship and helps the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs along with other beneficial causes. “We were proud to have more than dozens of celebrities, athletes and golfers join together to raise money for kids,” said David Smoot, the tournament’s co-founder. The tournament presented the first Carole Atkinson Memorial Scholarship in years past to a Navajo student named Garrett Yazzie. Yazzie, 15 years old had won a national science award when he was 11 and earned the opportunity to attend a school for gifted children in Michigan, and the $2,500 scholarship will help him cover his tuition.
The tournament also names an annual Ira Hayes Courageous Warrior Award winner for community involvement and commitment to helping children’s causes. The Pro Players Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament has funded many scholarships for American Indian youth, and has also funded the construction of a fully operational broadcasting radio station, KidStar, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Lehi Branch.