SOURCE: Par & Poker Celebrity Challenge for Charity

November 13, 2007 15:44 ET

Super Bowl Champ and Veteran Philadelphia Eagles Star Seth Joyner to Host Celebrity Golf and Poker Tournament to Benefit Teach For America

Fans Can Join With Athletes and Entertainers to Play in Unique Event

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - National Football League veteran and Super Bowl champion Seth Joyner is hosting the Fort McDowell Casino's Par & Poker Celebrity Challenge for Charity on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and the Fort McDowell Casino, north of Fountain Hills.

The free public event benefits the non-profit Teach For America (TFA) Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping children advance through education. Par & Poker will feature an 18-hole golf tournament where fans have the opportunity to watch celebrities in a relaxed, interactive environment not often seen at other tournaments. Professional and hall of fame athletes and entertainment stars will compete for prizes, cash awards and bragging rights as they play at the championship course with pro tour-like conditions. After golf, the event switches to the casino for a "No Limit Texas Hold'em" Poker tournament, destined to be the largest celebrity event of its kind in Arizona history.

"This is going to be an event with over 40 'Class-A' athletes and entertainers," says Andy Walker, professional golfer and executive director for The Joyner-Walker Foundation that is coordinating the charity event.

Confirmed celebrity participants include Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Cy Young Award winners Bret Saberhagen and Brandon Webb, as well as other major leaguers including Vince Coleman, Chili Davis and Jon Garland. Pro football players include Roy Green and Rob Moore, as well as Hall of Fame inductees Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson and Lawrence Taylor. Former professional basketball greats, including Hall of Famers Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, will join Len "Truck" Robinson and other hard court stars.

Visit the registration page on to get involved and learn more about the event.

TFA will receive a percentage of the event's net profits along with other local and national non-profits. Teach For America helps lower-income communities provide better educational opportunities to youth through The Joyner-Walker Foundation and Teach For America Foundation. TFA is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors, career interests and professional backgrounds who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. The organization's mission is to enlist our nation's most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequality.

The Phoenix-based Joyner-Walker Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established by Super Bowl champion Joyner, Professional golfer and NCAA Champion Walker and marketer Leonard Walker. Knowing not everyone can jump like Michael Jordan or putt like Tiger Woods, The Joyner-Walker Foundation was established to make sure that every child has access to a quality education.

Joyner played college football at UTEP until the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in 1986. Joyner played for the Eagles (1986-1993), Arizona Cardinals (1994-1996), Green Bay Packers (1997) and the Denver Broncos (1998). Joyner's unique combination of strength and quickness allowed him to excel in all defensive statistical categories and propelled him to three Pro Bowl accolades (1991, 1993 and 1994). He was the 1991 Sports Illustrated NFL Player of the Year and won Super Bowl XXXIII with the Broncos in 1999, his last game.

For more information about the Par & Poker Celebrity Challenge for Charity, go to or call 602-361-0531.

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