Sept. 13, 2013
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin hosted the inaugural Cuonzo Classic Golf Tournament Friday at Williams Creek Golf Course in East Knoxville.
Martin and members of his coaching staff were joined on the course Friday morning by 18 teams. Former Vol basketball stars Bert Bertelkamp, Johnny Darden, Dale Ellis, Travis Henry, Reggie Johnson, Dyron Nix, Clarence Swearengen and Tony White also took part in the event, which benefited United Way and the First Tee Program at Williams Creek.
The tournament was presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, Coca-Cola and Pilot. In addition to playing 18 holes at the Tom Fazio-designed par-3 course, participants also took part in a putting contest.
THE FIRST TEE PROGRAM
The First Tee Greater Knoxville is a program that targets inner-city youth under the age of 18 involved with The First Tee of Williams Creek. The learning center provides an after-school and summer program for elementary and middle school participants to focus on academics, character education, physical activity and promotion of healthy eating habits.
The First Tee Learning Center uses golf and education to help participants develop positive skills for continuation of their education and employment. During the school year, the initiative offers an after-school program for students in the 1st-8th grades. During the summer months, it continues to offer both educational and recreational opportunities for participants from the ages of 6 to 17.
UNITED WAY OF GREATER KNOXVILLE
All proceeds from the Cuonzo Classic benefit United Way of Greater Knoxville. They have been helping people in Greater Knoxville for more than 90 years. Approximately 100,000 people benefit from United Way services every year, and this year the need is just as great. United Way of Greater Knoxville focuses on three main areas: Education, Income and Health, the building blocks to a good life. They continue to provide for Basic Needs for those in times of crisis.
United Way of Greater Knoxville partners with more than 45 local agencies that offer programs designed to ensure our community has access to health care and our kids have beginnings, families achieve long-term financial stability and children have a strong start to life through a good education. United Way strives to help people gain self-sufficiency.