Bly, now a Detroit Lions cornerback, has invited several fellow professional athletes and friends to participate in the Golf Classic weekend. At this point, participants include: John Bunting, Willie Parker, Raymond Felton, Alge Crumpler, Ronald Curry, David Noel, Torry and Terrence Holt, King Rice, Mick Mixon, Jeff Saturday, Brian Simmons, and Jimmy Black, with many others invited to participate. Golfers of all skill levels are also invited to play 18 holes with participating celebrities.
"Events such as this are only possible through the participation and sponsorship of generous individuals and organizations," said Angela Lee, President of CarolinaPros, "The individual participant fee of $250 includes greens fees, cart, buffet breakfast and Southern barbecue and Awards ceremony, and a pairings party on Saturday preceding the tournament. Donations are also an essential part of our fundraising efforts—even if you are unable to participate, please make a donation to support two worthy causes."
In addition to participating as a golfer there are also sponsorship opportunities that are designed to fit any budget—visit the website for more details on how your company can get involved!
To sign up for the tournament or for more information about sponsorship opportunities, donating, or general information, visit the official tournament website: drebly.golfreg.com.
Though this is the inaugural Dre' Bly Celebrity Golf Classic, Bly hopes that it will become an annual triangle event. Bly has strong ties to his alma mater and the surrounding area:
"The Chapel Hill community has given so much to me; I am just honored to be able to create something that will give back. I, along with some of my teammates and friends, thought it would be great to put together this tournament to support the CarolinaPros organization as well as to raise scholarship funds for deserving UNC students. I am looking forward to a great time and hope we are able to raise lots of money for this great cause."
Bly is the only three-time first-team All-America in ACC football history and is a two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection. In January of 2004, Dre' announced a $150,000 gift to his alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The scholarship, which is part of UNC's endowed scholarship trust through the Rams Club, is awarded annually to a Carolina football student-athlete. The Chesapeake, Virginia native finished his college career with 20 regular-season interceptions and led the Tar Heels to two Top 10 national finishes.
The Dre' Bly Foundation was formed to help schools retain after school programs. The foundation also provides schools with athletic equipment and awards scholarships to students that have excelled both academically and athletically. Since its inception in 2003, the foundation has raised more than $40,000. In the future Dre' intends to provide athletic equipment and supplies to schools across the United States. The foundation also funds the Dre' Bly Summer Football Camp, which has hosted over 200 children in free football camps in different cities.
CarolinaPros, Inc. is an organization consisting of, but not limited to, former basketball student-athletes from UNC. The vision of Rick Fox (UNC '91) and King Rice (UNC '91), both of whom played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith, CarolinaPros is a community based organization committed to helping others through health, education, and economic development initiatives. Incorporated in 1998, CarolinaPros provides a vehicle through which former players can achieve community service objectives as they team up to help others.