Dave Serrano Golf Classic Set for October

May 22, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee announced that the Dave Serrano Golf Classic, presented by Regal Entertainment Group, will be held on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Willowcreek Golf Club in Knoxville. The celebrity tournament will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a shotgun start followed by lunch and a program. The head coach of the University of Tennessee baseball team, Serrano serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

"This golf tournament will directly affect so many young people's lives and is a great way for Tennessee baseball alumni, our community and fan base to be part of helping a great cause," Serrano said. "Our Tennessee family can come back, play golf together and take in the homecoming football game all in one weekend. There are not many times where you can be one `putt' away from affecting someone's life in such a wonderful way."

Teams for the tournament will be comprised of four-person groups with prizes awarded to the top finishers. Fees for the tournament are $1,000 per foursome or $275 per golfer. The tournament is limited to 25 foursomes.

Proceeds will support one-to-one mentoring for children served through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity. Through the high-quality one-to-one mentoring program, children are achieving educational success, reaching for higher aspirations and avoiding risky behaviors.

"Regal is proud to partner with Coach Dave Serrano and Big Brothers Big Sisters to make this inaugural Golf Classic a memorable and beneficial event," said Greg Dunn, president and COO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Big Brothers Big Sisters hit this one out of the park by partnering with Coach Serrano and the children served through their mentoring programs will be the ones who benefit."

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the Dave Serrano Golf Classic, visit DaveSerranoGolfClassic.com or contact Ashley Summers at ASummers@TennesseeBig.org or call 865-523-9455.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides one-to-one, high quality youth mentoring to youth in East Tennessee. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. For more information on the agency, visit TennesseeBig.org or call 865-523-2179.

About Tennessee Baseball Head Coach Dave Serrano
One of just 11 coaches in NCAA history to take two different programs to the College World Series, Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano is one of the most successful and widely respected coaches in college baseball. His first three seasons at the helm of the UT program have been met with a renewed sense of excitement and optimism as he has worked tirelessly to return the Volunteers to a spot among the nation's elite.

Previously the head coach at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, Serrano has the Volunteers moving in the right direction, leading them to the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2007 this season. Fans have shown their support for Serrano and the Vols as well, with two of the program's top three single-season attendance records have already been set during his short tenure at Rocky Top. A two-time coach with the USA Baseball National Team, including serving as manager of the squad in 2012, Serrano has coached over 160 players who have gone on to be drafted, including 25 who have played in the Major Leagues.

Serrano and his wife, Tracy, are proud and active members of the Knoxville community and have three sons, Kyle, Zachary and Parker.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters cannot do it alone. With an investment of financial resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters can provide a key service to Tennesseans -- changing children's attitudes resulting in improved families and communities and leading to greater educational attainment for children served through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs are evidence-based, proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth in areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. Top-quality evidence-based practices must be a part of any serious long-term strategy for moving our communities and our nation forward.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the East Tennessee organization's 45-year history.





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