May 2, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair will host the Eighth Annual Coach Blair Charities Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting Special Olympics Texas and other local charities on Friday, May 6 at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan.

Combined with a Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction presented by Mac Resource Computers on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at The Tap, the two events serve as one of the largest fund raisers for Special Olympics in the state.

It marks the 18th year Blair has hosted a golf tournament benefiting Special Olympics. He hosted a similar event for 10 years while serving as the women's basketball coach in Arkansas, and when he arrived in Aggieland he started the tournament which is now in its eighth year.

Each year, the tournament has surpassed its initial goals of fundraising. During its seven-year run here, the events have raised more than $550,000 for Special Olympics.

"Special Olympics is not just my charity of choice, but the charity I support because the athletes are so special to me and to others because of how hard they work," said Blair. "Competing is winning to them."

Blair insists the money raised locally benefits the local teams supported by Special Olympics.

The Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction is open to the public and members of the national champion Aggie women's basketball team will be present. A donation of $10 is requested at the door and all in attendance will receive a catfish dinner from Outback Steakhouse and drinks.

A wide variety of items will be available in the silent auction ranging from dinners at area restaurants to sports memorabilia. A live auction will also be held.

The tournament and celebration dinner are made possible through the support of gold medal sponsors Chilifest, Chevron, MacResource Computers, The Med, Britt Rice Electric, Jack Hilliard Distributing, Outback Steakhouse and CC Creations. Media sponsors are Bryan Broadcasting, The Eagle, and KBTX Media.

For more information on the events, go to Erich Birch at ebirch@athletics.tamu.edu or (979) 862-1636.