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Real winner at Cadrez's golf tourney is charity

April 10, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

PALM SPRINGS — At the third annual Glenn Cadrez Celebrity Golf Classic here Monday, it didn't matter who hit the ball the farthest, who was the most accurate on their drives or even who won the event.

All that really mattered to the dozens of current and former professional athletes and dozens of sponsors was the final outcome. All proceeds go to the Imperial Valley Police Activities Leagues and the Tracey Biletnikoff Foundation, a non-profit organization that educates people about the dangers of gender violence

While not everyone was victorious during the tourney at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, everyone did walk away a winner in knowing that everything done was for a good cause.

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All agreed the chance to give back to the community is the main reason for competing in a golf tournament such as the annual one put on by Cadrez, the veteran linebacker from El Centro who recently re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's a good way to give back to the community, meet some people, have some fun, play a little golf all for a good cause," said former Oakland Raiders fullback Marv Hubbard. "We try to get out to as many of these as we can … and do some charity work."

Said three-time world boxing champion Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, who won titles in the junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions, "All your life you grow up working the system. That's what I kinda did when I was a kid. I tried to work the system.

"Then when you get in a position where you get to help people, you want to take the time to do that," Lopez continued. "I feel I was very blessed, so I feel better if I give something back."

For Hubbard, who led the Raiders in rushing from 1971 to 1974, Cadrez's tournament is one of many he does for various charities. Along with raising money for charities, he said meeting different athletes from different sports is a highlight for him.

"I got to meet (former heavyweight boxing contender) Gerry Cooney, (former welterweight champion) Carlos Palomino and Tony Lopez," said Hubbard. "And that's why the people come out to this type of event. But you gotta understand that even celebrities enjoy meeting celebrities that you don't often get a chance to talk to. So it's very enjoyable and fun."

Minnesota Vikings All-Pro tight end Byron Chamberlain has cut down on the number of charity events he does during the offseasons. But Chamberlain is always set to attend and compete in his former teammate's golf event.

"This is one thing I put on my calendar every year that I'm gonna do. Glenn is a great friend of mine," Chamberlain said. "I played with him six years in Denver, so he's a guy that I respect and I know where his heart is and that he wants to give back to his community, El Centro and Brawley and all the Imperial Valley. So I know he's doing it for a good cause. I know the guy behind this is a good man.

"I know that 100 percent of everything that goes on goes for a good cause with PAL. It's always a great event and I always look forward to it," said Chamberlain. "I know it means a lot to the community. I grew up in Southern California, so I know it means a lot when people come back here, when guys who've come from Southern California, have been successful and have come back to their community and give back. And that's something Glenn's doing and has been doing."

Other notables who competed in the tournament included Imperial native and former UCLA linebacker Robert Thomas, former San Diego Chargers running back Chuck Muncie, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud, former Chiefs running back Christian Okoye and former Oakland Raiders Rod Martin, Raymond Chester and Art Thoms.

Also on hand were professional boxing referee Joe Cortez, former Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Skinner and two-time NBA all-star Gus Williams.

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