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Annika Sorenstam - Pretty Tough Golfer

Golf is not all fun and games. It also offers a chance to help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. And that’s exactly why American Century is once again hosting a charity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe.  If the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada isn’t enough of a reason to show up, sports legends and celebrities get to swing for a piece of the $600,000 purse.

NBA legends including Hall of Famer Charles Barkley will be joined by NFL players including Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen and Emmit Smith, MLB stars Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux, along with actors Ray Romano, Jack Wagner, Alan Thicke and Lucas Black (Friday Night Lights) will be among the more than 80 athletes and celebs participating.

But it’s not just guys on the links this year.  The competition at the 25th Anniversary American Century Championship includes LPGA great Annika Sorenstam. The legendary golf superstar, winner of 89 international tournaments and over $22 million, is one of the most successful players in history. A part-time resident of Lake Tahoe and mother of two, Sorenstam will play on even terms with pro athletes in the nationally televised, 54-hole competition.

New to the line-up is also Hilary Knight, 2x Olympic Silver Medalist in Ice Hockey and one of the featured athletes in this summer’s ESPN Body Issue. Both of these women are no stranger to tough competition and we’ll be looking for them to make a showing on the leader board. 

This year, Profits with a Purpose and American Century are honoring its founder Jim Stowers Jr. – an investment management innovator and philanthropist who recently passed away at the age of 90. The  American Century Championship, which takes place July 15-20 also features  four-time American Century Championship winner and defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver competing to raise funds and awareness for both national and local charities.

As the official national beneficiary of the 2014 tournament, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research will continue its mission to improve human health through basic research and innovative approaches to treat, diagnose, and prevent gene-based diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and dementia. Since 2000, American Century’s total dividend payments to the Institute have exceeded $1 billion. This accomplishment has not been an easy feat, but I believe Stowers’ himself embodied exactly what his foundation seeks to do. As a philanthropist and entrepreneur, Stowers’ determination, work ethic, and generosity (Jim and his wife Georgia dedicated their own personal fortune to help improve human health through research) has improved the lives of many. The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is truly a unique organization and today houses 20 independent research programs and three technology development programs. Even more impressive, the institute staffs 550 members, 370 of which are scientific staff. Thanks to Jim Stowers and BioMed Valley Discoveries research to help treat gene-based diseases is made possible.

Watch to find out more about the Stowers Institute for Medical Research:

Golf = fun competition and a little bit more. The championship will be televised on NBC Sports Network on July 18th and on NBC July 19th-20th so if you can’t make it in person, don’t miss the broadcast. Go Annika and Hilary! We’re hoping some of that dough goes to your favorite charities.

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This post was created in partnership with American Century Investments. I have received compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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