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Big names to tee up at Classic

May 16th, 2014 2:27 pm by Sue Guinn Legg

Big names to tee up at Classic

Steven Godbold, CEO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and Alan Levine, CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance, joined Greeneville businessman and philanthropist Scott Niswonger on Thursday for the announcement of a roster of 14 national sports figures lined up to play in this year’s Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic.

Set for June 30 at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va., the tournament will offer local golfers a chance to team with the NFL’s 2013 Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning and his University of Tennessee national championship coach Phil Fulmer; Elizabethton favorite son, Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten; Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer; Auburn Tigers basketball coach Bruce Pearl; PGA golfers Larry Mize, Corey Pavin and Loren Roberts; sports commentator and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino; Ray Allen of the NBA’s Miami Heat; former NBA player Dell Curry and his son, Stephen Curry of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors; former San Francisco 49er Jim Stuckey; and Bill Bates, a 15-year veteran of the Dallas Cowboys.

A VIP reception with the 2014 Classic stars will be held June 29 at the Niswonger Preforming Arts Center in Greeneville and will be followed by a concert by The Band Perry, Greeneville’s own newly crowned Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year.

In announcing the tournament’s celebrity lineup, Niswonger credited the event’s co-chairman, Steve Johnson, the former New England Patriot and Dallas Cowboy from Bristol, for his help in building the tournament into one of the children’s hospital’s most successful fundraisers and for once again leveraging the relationships he built during his years in the NFL to make this year’s tournament a success.

Niswonger thanked the Virginian for opening the course to the classic for a second consecutive year and The Band Perry for cutting short their Canada concert tour in order return home and donate their performance to the children’s hospital serving their community.

Pat Holtsclaw, president of the Mountain States Foundation, said the foundation is especially thrilled to welcome back returning Classic stars Manning, Witten, Marino and Pavin.

“This event draws tremendous support not only from celebrities like these, but most importantly from our local community,” Holtsclaw said. “We are inspired by the outpouring of support we see every year for our region’s only children’s hospital.”

A limited number of golfer slots, golf packages and sponsor packages remain available and may be secured by calling the Mountain States Foundation at 302-3131.

VIP reception tickets are $250 and include special seating at the concert. Tickets to the concert are $100, or $150 for special seating.

Concert and VIP reception tickets are available through the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 638-1679.

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