Actors Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor) and Texas-native Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), stars of NBC television’s critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” series, once again hosted this star-studded event organized to raise funds for two charities dedicated to supporting those with spinal cord injuries, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. This is for something close to Chandler and Leland’s hearts: the Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Classic, which was held May 13th and 14th.
Photo: Actors Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor) and Texas-native Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), stars of NBC television’s critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” series
Both men were inspired to help those with spinal cord injuries during “Friday Night Lights” first season, featuring a promising high school football player life in the aftermath of a spinal cord injury. It’s been four years since Leland, Chandler, and a team of volunteers launched the event. This classic has always been held at Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa (near Austin,TX). The Tournament has raised more than $400,000. Last year’s event was the most successful, pulling in $175,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales and donations. “We’ve been so fortunate to meet and work with amazing folks who are making a difference in spinal cord injury care and research to find a cure,” said Kyle Chandler. “The support from the community for our charities during the past two tournaments has truly been overwhelming, so we’re thrilled to bring it back and hopefully rally others around such a worthy cause.”
Drawing on the success of its previous years, Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Classic is a Florida scramble golf tourney with numerous prizes. Foursomes of this shotgun start event were each joined by one of our celebrity golfers. Players included celebrity actors, musicians and pro athletes, legendary coaches, sportscasters and local personalities. Some of the celebrities included: Kyle Chandler (actor), Brad Leland (actor), Rex Linn (actor), Dave Campo (Dallas Cowboys), Terence Newman (Dallas Cowboys), Ricky Phillips (Styx – bassist), Jesse Plemons (actor), Chris Ogden (Texas Longhorns), Manny Diaz (Texas Longhorns), and many others. Golfers and non-golfing guests also were invited to a reception, awards presentation, dinner, silent and live auctions, and an evening concert to cap off the festivities. The tournament spots sold out quickly.
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