Monday, May 5, 2014

Sports Legend Magic Johnson to Receive First-Ever Roger Staubach Award from Emmitt Smith

An iconic sports figure who has inspired millions on and off the court, legendary NBA superstar and powerhouse entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and his wife Cookie, will receive the first-ever “Roger Staubach Award” at the fifth-annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational weekend, presented by SoftLayer, on May 9-10, 2014.
Cookie and Magic Johnson
 
Pat and Emmitt Smith will present the award to the Johnsons at the “Friday Night Party,” sponsored by Albertsons, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The festivities continue Saturday, with an 18-hole charity golf tournament, presented by American Airlines, at TPC Craig Ranch, in McKinney. Proceeds from the weekend will go to Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, (PESC), a 501(c)(3) public charity that creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children.

The Staubach Award has been established “to recognize individuals who have brought together the world of sports/entertainment and business to make an extraordinary impact on the lives of children and youth.” Named for the legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback and real estate icon, the award is given to recipients who exemplify excellence personally, professionally and philanthropically. This is the only award to be named in Staubach’s honor other than one established at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy.

“I’ve been a friend of Pat and Emmitt’s for years and I really respect what they do to help North Texas kids, so it was an easy call to attach my name to this project,” said Staubach. “I’m doubly honored – first, to have this award named in my honor but also to have the first recipients be Cookie and Magic Johnson. They’ve given back by creating jobs and opportunities, and helped so many kids in countless ways.”
Emmitt Smith at his Celebrity Invitational with students from his Team 22 program
Other highlights of the Friday Night Party include a performance by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Darius Rucker. Dress is cocktail attire.
 
Celebrities participating in the weekend include Marcus Allen, Joe Carter, Tony Casillas, Roger Clemens, Billy Dawson, Eric Dickerson, Rudy Gatlin, Charles Haley, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Daryl Johnston, Donna Richardson Joyner, Nancy Lieberman, Coach Will Muschamp, Nate Newton, Jake Pavelka, Preston Pearson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Trent Richardson, Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Clay Walker and Spud Webb.

Christie and Robert Ferguson and Marion and Bennett Glazer are the weekend’s honorary chairs. Event chairs are Lisa and Steve Lieberman
 
The Saturday golf tournament begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. – including breakfast and lunch presented by The Ryan Foundation; “Dapper Den” gifting suite presented by DAPPER Mag; and the driving range presented by Informatica. The shotgun start for players only is at 9 a.m., the VIP Pavilion presented by Park Place Lexus is from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., the players-only award ceremony will feature food donated by Cattleack BBQ. Scott Murray will be the master of ceremonies.
Emmitt Smith, Pat Smith at the 2013 Emmitt Smith Invitational
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our fifth year than with a new award named after our good friend and hero, Roger Staubach,” said Pat Smith. “And it’s such a thrill to give the first award to Cookie and Magic, an incredible power couple who have set the bar very high and been a true inspiration to Emmitt and me.”
 
To date, the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $2.4 million in support of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.
 
Tickets for the Friday Night Party begin at $500, and pavilion passes for the VIP Pavilion at the Saturday Golf Tournament are $50 each. For ticket and sponsorship details, go to www.emmittsmith.com/celebrity-invitational or contact Jenny Heiser at jenny@faysawers.com




 

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