The tournament raises money for three children’s charities: the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, the N.C. Children’s Hospital, and The Childhood Trust (the trauma treatment team of the Department of Psychiatry at UNC Hospitals). This year’s 22nd annual tournament will be held on Thursday, June 24, with two of UNC athletics’ most notable names serving as honorary hosts—UNC football coach Butch Davis and UNC men’s basketball coach Roy Williams. Hall of Fame basketball coach Dean Smith will again serve as host emeritus.
“This golf tournament has a tremendous impact on the children of North Carolina,” said Coach Dean Smith. “Especially during these economic down times when we see more kids needing services and fewer resources to provide those services, we are deeply grateful to our sponsors and players for supporting us in these tough times.”
The History of the Classic
Veteran UNC broadcaster Woody Durham and Greensboro businessman Mike Haley developed the tournament to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill while serving together on the organization's board of directors in the 1980s. They held first tournament in 1989 and an annual tradition was born. As the tournament grew in size and success, Durham and Haley added the Children’s Hospital and The Childhood Trust as beneficiaries.
From a modest $25,000 raised at the inaugural tournament in 1989, the Classic has steadily increased its revenues. 2010 will see another milestone in the tournament’s illustrious history, as the Classic surpasses the $3,000,000 mark for total revenue donated.
According to Durham, the success of the tournament is a testament to the generosity of the Carolina community and the loyalty of its sponsors and participants. “It continues that great Carolina tradition of, if you have a good cause, then people will respond,” commented Durham. “I am proud of what the Classic has become in 22 years and hopeful that it will continue to infuse ever-increasing and critically necessary funds into the three organizations that benefit from the tournament.”
Mike Haley agrees. “The coaches, participants and sponsors have helped make a big difference in the lives of the children and families served by these three great organizations,” said Haley.
Schedule for Thursday, June 24:
- 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast
- 10 a.m. – Press time with coaches
- 10:30 a.m. – Opening remarks
- 11 a.m. – Coaches Smith and Williams present check and shotgun start to tournament
- 4 p.m. – Reception and awards ceremony
Visit www.carolinakidsclassic.org to see how you can get involved.