The Fellowship Open, which will be held at Silver Spring Country Club on August 19, announced recently that it will honor NFL Hall of Famer, businessman and national leader Willie Davis, together with civic and community leader and former European Professional Basketball League player Skip Robinson.
The Fellowship Open is a nationally recognized golf event featuring a unique combination of sports legends and youth support organizations. Now in its eleventh year, the Fellowship Open has raised and contributed well over $500,000 to local organizations that elevate the visions and aspirations of Wisconsin youngsters. In addition to the golf tournament, the Fellowship Open engages all of its honorary chairs in service initiatives that affect the lives of youngsters.
For eleven consecutive years the event has sold out as it hosted community leaders and sports luminaries. Among its civic leaders are prominent professionals in the fields of law, education, medicine, the arts and government such as Cory Nettles, CEO of Generation Growth Capital, Inc.; Ulice Payne, CEO of Addison-Clifton, LLC; John Daniels, Chairman of Quarles & Brady; Vincent Lyles, President of M&I Community Capital Corporation; George Hinton, Chief Administrator of Sinai Samaritan Hospital; and Super Lawyer® Attorney Greg Wesley.
Among sports legends recently saluted are Hank Aaron and Junior Bridgeman, who have received a Legends Award from the Fellowship Open, which recognizes individuals who not only have achieved greatness in their careers but have an equally enduring track record of providing exemplary community service.
Of 2011 Legends Award recipient Willie Davis, Fellowship Open Chairman John W. Daniels Jr. says, “There certainly is no individual who has had more influence in so many fields as Willie Davis — communications, banking, business, scholarships and athletics have all been touched in fundamental ways by him. Wisconsin is tremendously fortunate to have someone who has such a love for the community and who is willing to share both his time and resources to help others.”
This year the event will also honor four local organizations with proven track records of changing the lives of youngsters for the better, helping them to graduate from college and pursue successful careers. Thanks to such support, the Fellowship Open has been recognized nationally for its impact on the community.
In 2010, the Fellowship Open was recognized by the PGA tournament in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. Many of the youth involved in the Fellowship Open were invited to attend the PGA event and received golfing instruction from PGA professionals. Honorary chair, Alderman Joe Davis said, “We know that there is an incredible wealth of talent in our community which, if we are committed to their success, can have a tremendous impact on our community. I was proud to lead the initiative for our youngsters to have experience at the national PGA tournament and look forward to my continued involvement with the Fellowship Open.”
Registration for the 2011 Fellowship Open golf tournament may be made online at www.Fellowshipopen.com before June 30, 2011.