Charity Spotlight: Champion Athletes of the Ozarks

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Ask the director of the Champion Athletes of the Ozarks about the importance of the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper and you may be surprised.

Certainly, the check distribution at the annual Celebration of Sharing is nice. But the tournament itself gives members of the Champion Athletes of the Ozarks a chance to continue to grow.

The charity’s mission is straightforward: build self-esteem, self-confidence and everyday life skills, therefore enhancing the lives of children and adults with disabilities through education, sports competition  and new opportunities.

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“The PCCC builds skills for each of our individuals,” said Susan Miles, Director of Champion Athletes of the Ozarks. “We are counting, packing and inventorying snacks. We also are initiating and maintaining conversations with new people. We are learning to complete tasks and follow directions.”

Overall, they’re learning job skills – “skills that will help us to be more independent and successful,” Miles added.

“The Price Cutter Tournament is an important part of Champion Athletes of the Ozarks.  Our individuals look forward to this event each year,” Miles said. “We love working with all of the volunteers and caddies, we have met people from many different states and countries.”

TO HELP CHAMPION ATHLETES OF THE OZARKS …

$25 — TLC PROPERTIES CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES

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A $25 ticket in the TLC Properties Charity Sweepstakes enters you to win one of two grand prizes — either a 2020 Toyota Tundra (pictured) or $10,000. We have 8,000 tickets, and each is also good for a four-day grounds pass to the tournament, plus enters to win you into one of 125 daily prizes during the tournament.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

Play with a pro & enjoy top courses such as Highland Springs, Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, LedgeStone Country Club, Millwood Golf & Racquet Club & Fremont Hills Country Club. Includes a great golfer gift package, continental breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages, team photos & trophies. Check out our list of golf experiences

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GOLF BALL & CHARITY AUCTION

Sponsored by Copy Products Inc. and University Plaza, this event is on Tuesday, July 21 at University Plaza Convention Center. We’ll also have electronic bidding at bidpal.net!

THE ULTIMATE presented by Custom Metalcraft & Ridewell Suspensions

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Win a 2020 Corvette Stingray, as a $1,200 buy-in guarantees a 1-in-100 chance of winning the car and a 1-in-10 chance of winning $1,000. You’ll also receive many other perks, including air-conditioned seating on the 18th green during the PCCC along with clubhouse parking, a luxurious dinner on Friday, July 17 at Highland Springs Country Club as well as breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse daily during the PCCC, plus his and her shirts.

NAMI NEON 5K RUN

Join us Saturday, Aug. 22 for the inaugural NAMI Neon Night 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention. It’s at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park in west Springfield. This event will in part benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southwest Missouri. Register here.

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ROCKIN’ ROLL BIKE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Turn out on Saturday, October 10 at the Riff. Not only ride in the afternoon on rides of 40, 20 or 10 miles but stay for the dinner and concert! All supporting Music Therapy of the Ozarks.

FOR ANY SPONSORSHIP, CALL 417-887-3400