Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:04 AM
Published on: Friday, June 21, 2013
By Kayla Faria
Former Washington Redskins running back Brian Mitchell will be driving on the fairway and aiming for the stars June 26 in Mitchellville. The self-proclaimed golf enthusiast is “gung-ho” over education.
Mitchell and NBC4 anchor Pat Lawson Muse are hosting the Third Annual Golfing for Education Tournament that is expected to raise more than $150,000 at Woodmore Golf Course for Prince George’s County schools’ Excellence in Education Foundation, a non-profit charity that awards student scholarships and funds education-related programs for county students.
??The former return specialist, who ranked second in all-purpose yards behind wide receiver Jerry Rice, is not sure how much money he has helped raise over the years through his foundation and other charity events.
“It’s not for me to pump my chest,” he continued, “as long as the money is made (and it) supports the kids.”
The tournament raised $215,000 in its first two years. Event co-chair Steve Proctor acknowledged that a “tough” economy might make it difficult to reach the 2013 goal, but he remains optimistic.
“I’m very excited to be a part of it,” Proctor said. “It’s just a worthwhile day.”
The cost is now $300 per golfer or $1,200 for a golfing foursome, project manager Yvonne Lowe said. It includes meals, beverages and a chance to win a car if a golfer shoots a hole-in-one.
An auction, raffle and awards ceremony after the golf competition showcases autographed memorabilia and features prizes for the top three scores, longest drive and closest to the pin.
Proctor said he most enjoys the networking opportunity that the event offers.
“It’s not just you, like, wrote your check and you went and had, you know, your bacon and eggs (but) you actually get an opportunity to really network and mingle with all different walks of life,” he said.
It is a chance to have fun and support children and education, Mitchell said.
“I’m in Prince George’s County a lot,” he said. “How many opportunities do you have to do something you love while doing something great?”
When asked why it was important for county residents to participate in the event, Proctor talked about quality of life.
“If you care about the county, (and) if you want to see it do better, you have to support the education system,” he said.
For Lowe, the relationship is also reciprocated.
“Without community involvement our school system will not be successful,” she said.
Although prizes will be given to winning golfers, Proctor emphasized the event has no losers.
“It’s not political. There’s no losers. There’s nothing but winners. There’s nothing but creating (an) opportunity to help students do better. The better they do the better we all do,” Proctor said. “We see the value in education.”