AUSTIN, Texas, June 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Austin native and New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees will return home to host his second annual Brees Topgolf Challenge on June 12. The charity golf event will benefit Dell Children's Medical Center in support of pediatric and adolescent health care in Central Texas.
The Super Bowl MVP and Westlake High School standout invites the public to join him for an afternoon at Topgolf Austin for competitive games, a silent auction and entertainment. Sponsored by The Brees Dream Foundation and Topgolf®, the global leader in golf entertainment, funds raised will go toward improving the CARE (Child Abuse Resource and Education) Team program.
"We successfully raised and contributed $250,000 to support the CARE Program at Dell Children's from our first Topgolf Challenge last year, and hope to exceed that amount this weekend," Brees said. "We're excited to get out there and have a great time playing some Topgolf, throwing some footballs, and reconnecting with the Austin community with a focus on continuing to expand and enhance the programs the CARE Team at Dell Children's provides its young patients and their families."
Brees Topgolf Challenge participants will compete in six-person teams, scoring points by hitting Topgolf's microchipped golf balls toward 11 targets that range up to 215 yards away. Points are allocated based on distance and accuracy of each shot. The four teams with the highest scores will send one player to compete against Drew and his wife, Brittany, in a Topgolf shootout.
"We're glad to have Drew and Brittany back at Topgolf Austin for another successful Topgolf Challenge. It's a great event, but more importantly, it's a way for us to help kids and families here in Central Texas," said Hunter Farris, director of operations at Topgolf Austin. "Our Topgolf family makes it a priority to give back to our community, and we're proud to host The Brees Dream Foundation and support this cause."
Additional competitions during the afternoon's event include a Quarterback Challenge football toss, a "Drive against Drew" competition to take on Drew for a one-ball driving contest, and a "Go Against the Topgolf Pros" challenge against the venue's onsite professional instructors.
The Brees Topgolf Challenge will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. All activities will be hosted at Topgolf Austin, located at 2700 Esperanza Crossing. Registration fees range from $100 for a Grandstand Spectator ticket to $1,000 for a Brees Dream Team. Sponsorships also are available at various levels. For registration, sponsorship information and more details, please visit www.breestopgolfchallenge.com.
About The Brees Dream Foundation
The Brees Dream Foundation was founded in 2003 and is a reliable source of charitable funding globally. The foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need. Since its inception 12 years ago, the foundation has contributed over $25,000,000 to charitable causes globally. The Brees Dream Foundation would not be where it is today without the endless support from its many partnerships and from those who donate to its cause daily. For more information, please visit www.drewbrees.com.
About Dell Children's Medical Center
Dell Children's is the only dedicated freestanding pediatric facility in the region, serving 46 counties with nearly 150,000 patient visits per year. It is truly a one-of-a-kind place that gives Central Texas families access to a wide range of healthcare services. Children are cared for with a family-centered approach that keeps patients close to loved ones at all times and the need for services continues to grow. For more information, please visit www.dellchildrens.net.
Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community creating the best times of your life, with 26 locations serving more than 8 million guests annually. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot's accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each venue offers an upscale and playful experience, featuring an impressive food and beverage menu, music, games, climate-controlled hitting bays and hundreds of HDTVs. Topgolf also brings fun, interactive experiences to the community through its Topgolf U lessons, leagues, tournaments, KidZone parties and social and corporate events. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.
Director of Corporate Communications, Topgolf
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