Nine coaches set for Regions Charity Classic

Here’s a press release that found its way into my inbox. I thought I’d share for anyone interested.

Regions Charity Classic 2008

BIRMINGHAM (Vocus/PRWEB) — The Regions Charity Classic presented by Bruno’s Supermarkets will host the Coaches Charity Challenge by Wyndham Vacation Ownership which will take place during the Charter Telephone Pro-am. This year’s Coaches Charity Challenge has expanded from last year and will feature nine football and basketball coaches competing to determine the “best golfer” and for a share of $23,500 to be donated to each participant’s charity of choice.

“The Coaches Charity Challenge by Wyndham Vacation Ownership has grown tremendously since our inaugural outing in 2007, and we are pleased that so many have taken the time to become personally involved,” said Franz Hanning, president and CEO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership. “It is an honor to partner with such high-caliber coaches in order to give back to the charities which we all feel so strongly about.”

The Charter Telephone Pro-am’s will take place on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15 during tournament week at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge. One Champions Tour professional is paired with four amateurs in a best ball format.

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Participating coaches include Bobby Bowden, playing for Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Neil Callaway, playing for Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama; Jeff Fisher, playing for Catch-A-Dream; Mark Gottfried, playing for Coaches vs. Cancer; Jeff Lebo, playing for Children’s Hospital of Alabama – Child Life; Nick Saban, playing for Nick’s Kids; Steve Spurrier, playing for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital; Pat Sullivan, playing for SPONHC (Support for People with Oral and Neck and Head Cancer); and Tommy Tuberville, playing for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The coach who wins this friendly competition will receive $10,500 to be donated to his charity of choice. Second and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, and the remaining six coaches will each receive $1,000.

The first Coaches Charity Challenge was in 2007, after coach Spurrier suggested the idea of hosting a mini-competition within the pro-am to raise awareness for the tournament’s charitable mission. Last year’s competition featured Spurrier and Tuberville, and Spurrier won the match on the 13th hole.

Additional sports celebrities and entertainers playing in the Charter Telephone Pro-am include Charles Barkley, Tim Brando, Brandon Cox, Jeff Fisher, Taylor Hicks, Bo Jackson, Joe Namath, Takeo Spikes, Joe Theismann and more.

The 2008 Regions Charity Classic presented by Bruno’s Supermarkets will be held May 14-18 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge. Players anticipated to participate include Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Tom Kite, Hale Irwin, Loren Roberts, Scott Hoch, Ben Crenshaw, Jerry Pate and many other great names. Brad Bryant became a two-time defending Regions Charity Classic champion in 2007. In its 16-year history, the tournament foundation is approaching $10 million in charitable donations. Please visit for schedule of events, ticket, sponsorship, volunteer, charity and general information.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of Wyndham Worldwide’s (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its three primary consumer brands, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, WorldMark by Wyndham and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific. As of December 31, 2007, Wyndham Vacation Ownership had developed or acquired approximately 145 vacation ownership resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that represent more than 17,500 individual vacation ownership units and more than 800,000 owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and is supported by more than 17,700 employees globally.