Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod will return home to King George, Va., to host his third annual Visualize & Rize Charity Golf Tournament June 14 at Cameron Hills Golf Course.
The event raises funds for book scholarships and athletic programs for local students as well as for the local YMCA. Registration for the first flight is at 7 a.m. followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start, with registration for the second flight at noon followed by a 2 p.m. start. The tournament is open to the public with registration packages available for individuals ($100), pairs ($200) or teams ($400).
The tournament has sold out each of its first two years, including the addition of the second flight last year. With increasing demand, the tournament this year offers 200 available spots to play.
The 2012 event generated $25,000 for local youth programs, including $10,000 for the football program at Bushrod's alma mater, King George High School; $10,000 for book scholarships to six local high schools; and $5,000 for the King George YMCA.
The day after the golf tournament, Bushrod will host a free football camp for kids ages 6-14 at 2 p.m. at King George Middle School. The camp is designed to build character and to instruct players in basic football fundamentals. An emphasis will be placed on positioning, skills and knowledge of the game.
Bushrod is slated to be joined at both events by several other pro football players, including the Saints' Roman Harper, Mark Ingram, and Zach Strief; the 49ers' Jonathan Goodwin; the Buccaneers' Carl Nicks; the Redskins' Ron Brace; the Ravens' Torrey Smith; the Chargers' Johnny Patrick; former Redskin Leigh Torrence; and retired players Fred McAfee, Mike Nelms, George Coghill., Johnny Grubb, Gene Alley and Jim Coates.
Bushrod established the Visualize and Rize Foundation in 2010 as a way to give back to the communities that have helped shape him into the person he is today.
The mission of the organization is to provide support to youth sports and education programs, to enable students and to provide them with the necessary tools to encourage them to reach their full potential. The Foundation seeks to inspire youths to become leaders, to be positive influences in their communities and to motivate them to achieve their dreams.
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