Originally posted on Bonfire Impact  |  Last updated 4/22/13
Former St. Louis Cardinals baseball superstars and World Series champion teammates, Ozzie Smith and Vince Coleman joined forces to once again win a title, but this time on a golf course as they won the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI). The tournament was hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino and was held at Shadow Creek for the third consecutive year.  The event raised more than  $500,000 for charity. MJCI celebrities in attendance included Flex Alexander, Marcus Allen, Miles Austin, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady, Dez Bryant, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Bruce Jenner, Hakeem Nicks, Michael Phelps, Adrian Young, and many, many others. Smith and Coleman, who each took home $20,000 for their designated charities, were able to overcome a late surge by the second-place team of Ahmad Rashad and the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky to win by four strokes. The two teams were tied heading into the 17th hole, but Smith/Coleman birdied the final two holes while Rashad/Gretzky bogeyed their final two holes. Fan favorite, NBA legend and tournament host, Michael Jordan teamed up with NFL Super Bowl champion and “sack master”, Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts to finish in a tie for ninth. When asked about the team win Coleman said, “I told Michael ‘give me my teammate. I know Ozzie and I love him. If there is anyone I want to go down swinging with it’s him.’ We’ll definitely be back but we won’t be able to defend together, because if I know Michael, he won’t make us partners again.” Hosted at Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time the exclusive golf course has opened its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament are benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village, and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $6 million for over 45 charities. For a more in-depth look at the tournament, visit Look To The Stars or the Official Website of MJCI   Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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