Hall of Fame Basketball forward Julius ‘Dr. J' Erving hosted a three day charity event in support of The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. Entitled "The Julius Erving Golf Classic," Erving welcomed celebrities, golfers and fellow athletes for a very special weekend that was for a good cause. The three day event kicked-off on September 12 with the Erving Youth Basketball Clinic at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center in partnership with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. The Salvation Army has a special place in Erving's heart, as he was first given the opportunity to play on their team in Hempstead, NY in the early 1960's, providing him the opportunity to compete and achieve at a young age.
Colonel Stephen Banfield, Julius Erving and Captain Kevin Zanders
Through the clinic, which Erving hosted with his daughter Jazmin, Founder and Executive Director of GRAB A BALL & PLAY Foundation, free basketballs were given to all 100+ kids in attendance. The Erving's spent time with the children and provided coaching and feedback on the game. The Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach, Brett Brown, along with students from the men's and women's basketball teams at Philadelphia University, joined the Erving's participating in drills with the children.
Children from The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia Citadel Corps with Julius Erving
On September 13, Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, PA hosted the Elite Partner Practice Rounds followed by the Erving "Black Tie" Ball presented by The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia's most historical and luxurious hotel. Event Co-Hosts ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, Jay Harris and Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer, Seema Sadekar introduced celebrity guests and Erving welcomed everyone.
The Salvation Army Pendel Brass Ensemble joined with Julius Erving Golf Classic Celebrities, including: Alan Thicke, Reggie Jackson, George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and Julius Erving,
On the final day, September 14, guests headed back to Aronimink Golf Club for a round of golf at the Erving Golf Classic tournament. The course wias set-up as a Julius Erving museum, where each hole displayed a signature moment in time throughout Ervings' iconic career in basketball. Guests also participated in a putting clinic presented by Seema Sadekar, The Golf Fashionista. Notable names that attended the three-day event included: Alonzo Mourning, Rick Barry, Doug Overton, Gerald Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Joe Carter, John LeClair, George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer, Alan Thicke, Jay Harris, Vivica A. Fox, Seema Sadekar, Mike Phillips, Joey Sommerville and Phillip Bailey.
Dr J Practicing His Swing