San Diego Chargers legend LaDainian Tomlinson kicked off his Celebrity Golf Tournament Thursday at the Sycuan Golf Resort. Before heading out on the course, LT took pictures and showed off the items in the silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Tomlinson's Touching Lives Foundation and its Southern California programs. The future Hall-of-Famer has done extensive work in his home state of Texas and says he wants to do more to help the San Diego community.
“Honestly, I don’t see anybody else doing anything in this community.” says Tomlinson. “You know our one hero in this community, the late Junior Seau, is no longer with us and so I feel obligated to continue to do things in this community and bring people joy.”
The former Chargers running back has lead initiatives with the Boys & Girls clubs in California and Texas. His foundation also feeds over 2,000 families every year on Thanksgiving and continues to support programs benefiting families of service men and women stationed overseas. In partnership with Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza this tournament is also spreading awareness for Angelman Syndrome, a neuro-genetic disorder that affects development, balance and speech.
Steve Venz was one of the participants in the tournament. His daughter, Julia suffers from Angelman syndrome and says he’s humbled to have LT support the cause. “It’s a big deal. It affects families and these children’s lives immensely.” Say Venz. “LT is like the super star of San Diego so we’re absolutely thrilled to have him here.”
The winners of the tournament walked away with a signed plaque by LaDainian Tomlinson and an Oggi’s gift card. To learn more about the Tomlinson's Touching Lives Foundation you can visit http://www.ladainiantomlinson.com.