1st Annual Tee-off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Shotgun Start 9:00am - Registration 8:00am
Plantation on Crystal River
Crystal River, Florida
Play golf and make a difference in the lives of TS sufferers and their families. Proceeds benefit TSA of Florida.
Steve & Jewel Lamb
Citrus County Chamber of Commerce
Citrus County Chronicle
Citrus Mining and Timber
M & B Dairy
Citrus County Sheriff's Dept.
Sports Artist John Prince
Sheriff Jeff Dawsy
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Come Join Us Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 2013!
You can help make a difference in the lives of children and adults and their families, who suffer with the debilitating effects of Tourette Syndrome. Come join us by participating in the First Annual Tee Off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Plantation on Crystal River, in Crystal River, Florida.
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that usually becomes evident between the ages of 3 and 9. Most signs of Tourette Syndrome are repetitive, involuntary movements (tics) and vocalizations. Tics can increase with excitement or stress, and decrease with relaxation or involvement in an absorbing activity. The cause of Tourette Syndrome is unknown, but recent research points to abnormalities in certain brain regions.
For most children with TS, their symptoms are misunderstood, and therefore, become victims to bullying by both children and adults. While other children my tease because of the involuntary movements, adults may feel that these children just have a behavorial problem. Adults with TS are also made fun of, because most people just donít understand what it is.
You can help change all this. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida, Inc., a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with Tourette Syndrome. These funds will help us to send children to our annual TS camp, where they can be with other children with Tourette Syndrome, and can make new friends and not be the victims of bullying. This will also help fund our Youth Ambassador program, where we send representatives starting at age 13 who have TS to Washington, to talk about what Tourette Syndrome is and help educate people, and will also help with funding for much needed research and education. The Rothman Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, is working with TSA of Florida, and has started doing several studies and research to find the causes of TS, and hopefully, to someday find a cure.
Three doctors from the Rothman Center will be attending the event:
Dr. Tanya Murphy, Rothman Endowed Chair and Professor, Director of the Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry, University of South Florida.
Eric Storch, Ph.D., All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair and Professor, University of South Florida.
Adam Lewin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of South Florida.
Play golf with celebrities!
While helping this cause is the major focus of the tournament, we'll also be giving you a chance to play golf and mingle with celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.
Here are some of the well known people we've contacted, who have accepted our invitation to participate in this worthy cause, and will either play in the tournament, or contribute to the entertainment :
Dave Pittman appeared on American Idol in Season 9. He attained his "Golden Ticket" to Hollywood and made it to the Top 70. Quite an achievement for anyone. Especially so, for someone like Dave. You see, Dave has Tourette Syndrome.
Despite his condition, it does not affect him while he is performing. Dave pushed through obstacles to land his trip to Hollywood and he has been going hard at it, ever since.
According to his manager, Todd Puckett, "Dave has been traveling throughout the United States and Canada to speak about the powerful topic that surrounds "bullying in schools", promote his new CD, and share his music."
Dave also works directly with the Tourette Syndrome Association in the USA and Canada to help increase awareness of Tourette syndrome and to motivate individuals with TS, and others with disabilities, through his music and his inspiring messages.
Dave will be performing on Friday, February 1st, 2013, at the tournament kick-off party
Darryl Talley was a linebacker who played in the National Football League for 14 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.
Darryl was a standout linebacker in the National Football League, and while he played for 3 teams in his career, the Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, and the Buffalo Bills, he's most noted for his play for the Bills.
Darryl played for 12yrs with Buffalo, from 1983 to 1995, never once missing a game. Darryl helped to lead Buffalo to 4 straight Super Bowls, and is Buffaloís all-time leading tackler with 1,137 tackles and recording 38.5 sacks, 12 interceptions for 189yds, 3 touchdowns and 14 fumble recoveries for 76 return yards. Darrylís 188 regular season games played, ranks 5th most in team history.
Darryl won the Ed Block Courage Award in 1990, played in 2 Pro-Bowls - 1990 and 1991, was a 2 time All-Pro Ė 1990 and 1993, and won the Ralph C. Wilson Jr Distinguished Service Award Recipient in 2000. In 2003, Darryl was the 20th member on the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In 2011, Darryl was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Darryl will be participating as a celebrity player in the tournament.
Nick is a 23 year old professional baseball player with the Kansas City Royals, and was born in Miami, Florida.
Here is a short bio in Nick's own words, with his thoughts on this worthwhile event :
"My name is Nick DelGuidice. I am twenty three years old and was born and raised in Miami, Florida until I moved to Inverness in middle school. I am definitely a city boy and miss the big city life. However Inverness was a nice place to finish my teen years.
Baseball has been a part of my life ever since I can remember and has been a huge factor in where I am today. I played baseball for 4 years at Citrus High School. I received a baseball scholarship to attend Lake Sumter Community College. After one year at LSCC I was offered a baseball scholarship to be an Owl at Florida Atlantic University. I got the opportunity to realize my dream and play Division 1 Baseball for three years while at FAU.
I got to see many ups and downs in those 3 years both personally and as a team. I went from not getting a hit in 7 games straight to being a national player of the week. I went from my team having a mediocre season my sophomore year to us winning a conference title and playing in a Regional Championship against the Florida Gators my junior year. A huge part of my life would be after my junior and senior years when I went undrafted. A really tough time in my life based on the fact that I was projected to be signed pretty high in those drafts. Much doubt raced through my mind wondering if I would ever get my chance to do what I have wanted to do my whole life and play professional baseball.
Then the Kansas City Royals called me and wanted to sign me as a Free Agent. It was one of the greatest moments in my life, for me and my family that I was now officially part of a professional baseball team. I have been with the Royals for two years and I am currently in the off season waiting for spring training to start for next season.
When I heard about this event I was extremely excited and eager to be a part of it. Its stories like these that make you evaluate yourself and make you realize what is important in life. So many times people forget the little things, I for one canít wait to get to this event and be a part of something that can make a huge difference in someoneís life. Go Elijah!!!!!!!"
Important Note : Nick was to participate as a celebrity player in the tournament, but due to last minute personal circumstances, will not be able to attend.
Sports artist covering all sports.
John has been living in Tampa Florida since 2004 but is originally from London England. All of Johnís originals are 48 inches x 36 inches acrylic hand paintings on canvas taking roughly 100 hours each, most of his originals are now signed by the players. John also does limited edition canvas prints of his popular work.
Johnís paintings are vibrant and realistic with a unique presentation style. They are designed to appeal to both serious and casual collectors alike.
John has now worked with TIM TEBOW,TIM WAKEFIELD ,TIM LINCECUM AND STEVEN STAMKOS with charities they are involved with.
John will be donating a Derek Jeter limited edition painting, and will also be set up to do a live painting. To view Johnís work, visit his website www.sportsartworldwide.com.
Kick off Cocktail Party Friday night at 6:30pm at Plantation Lounge.
We will kick off our event with a cocktail party on Friday night, February 1, beginning at 6:30pm. American Idol contestant Dave Pittman will be performing, along with a live auction and a chance to meet with our celebrities. Sports artist John Prince will be auctioning off his Derek Jeter autographed painting.
Come join us. You too, can make a difference!
You can help us and the children and adults who suffer with this syndrome, and have the pleasure of knowing that you made a difference in someoneís life, and helped to spread awareness of Tourette Syndrome.
Register to play at one of the premier golf courses in Central Florida, with a championship course. There are several levels of sponsorship opportunities. You can also register to play as an individual in a non-sponsorship capacity, if you just want to play in the tournament. You can see the entire list, plus complete registration information on our registration page here
For questions, please contact Gary D'Amico, Event Chairman, or contact Maria Robinett. You will find their contact information on our Contact Us page.