NEW YORK – April 10, 2017 – A who’s who of sports and entertainment celebrities will take over Las Vegas from April 19 - 22 for the 2017 Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational (DJCI) at Shadow Creek, one of the world’s most exclusive golf courses. For the third consecutive year the award-winning ARIA Resort & Casino will provide hospitality for the tournament’s guests and host the event’s evening parties, including the signature DJCI Gala.
Marcus Allen, Ray Allen, Anthony Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, Brandi Chastain, Don Cheadle, Ronaldinho Gaucho, Ken Griffey Jr., Tino Martinez, Bode Miller, Jorge Posada and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez are some of the many high-profile stars who will attend the highly anticipated invitation-only golf tournament, benefitting the Turn 2 Foundation.
“The tremendous support that we continue to receive from so many celebrities and athletes is a huge reason why we are returning to Las Vegas for another year of this special event, and have the opportunity to continue this tradition for the next two years,” said Derek Jeter, who founded Turn 2 in 1996. “The Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational raises invaluable funds to benefit the Turn 2 Foundation, which will allow us to continue building upon this legacy for years to come.”
This year’s DJCI is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, April 19 with a private welcome reception, hosted by Jordan Brand. The two-round Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will begin Thursday, April 20 at Shadow Creek, and will conclude Friday, April 21. The signature DJCI Gala and exclusive silent auction, featuring one-of-a-kind memorabilia and experiences, will take place at ARIA on Thursday evening.
World-renowned, GRAMMY Award-winning artist, T.I. will headline the DJCI Gala, a spectacular celebration that brings together the tournament’s celebrities and VIP invited guests.
The previous events have welcomed stars including John Cena, Flo Rida, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Ludacris, Albert Pujols, Cal Ripken Jr. and Russell Wilson.
Since its launch, Turn 2 has worked to help young people reach their full potential by creating and supporting initiatives that promote leadership development, academic achievement, positive behavior, healthy lifestyles and social change among high school students in New York City and West Michigan. The Foundation celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2016.
About Turn 2 Foundation
Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has created and supported programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Its signature Jeter’s Leaders initiative is a four-year leadership development program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior and social change among high school students in New York City and West Michigan. During its 20 year history, Turn 2 has given back more than $23 million, funding its signature programs as well as organizations that support its mission.
About Shadow Creek Golf Course
Perennially ranked among Golf Week magazine’s Top 10 courses, Shadow Creek’s special environment makes guests feel as if they’ve been transported to another world. Located in the midst of the barren Nevada desert on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Shadow Creek continues to achieve national recognition and the kind of startling mystique reserved for only a select number of golf courses. Designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio, Shadow Creek is known for its natural beauty, rolling terrain, glistening brooks and ponds, lush gardens and mature trees. The visual elements, spectacular waterfalls and course design lend to astonishing views.
About ARIA Resort & Casino
ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring spectacular amenities, high-end service, premium meeting and convention space, striking architecture and sustainable design. Combined with its unparalleled offerings including the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA sets the bar for a new generation of resort experiences. ARIA is located within CityCenter, which is a joint venture whose interests are owned 50% by subsidiaries of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and 50% by Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit ARIA.com, call toll free at (866) 359-7757 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About JP Sports + Entertainment (“JPSE”)
Founded in 2007 by Pete Falcone, JPSE is a sports & entertainment agency specializing in providing turnkey event management services, consulting, sponsorship activation, corporate hospitality and property sales representation. Since 2008, JPSE has been responsible for raising over $20M for hundreds of charities including Make-A-Wish, the Motion Picture & Television Fund and DonorsChoose.org through its development and management of events such as the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. The JPSE leadership team has assisted notable sports and entertainment celebrity icons such as Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, Lady Antebellum, Maria Sharapova, Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin and more. JPSE also has extensive experience assisting Corporate America including sponsorship activations for numerous Fortune 500 clients and the execution of C-level, customized corporate hospitality programs for various premier companies in conjunction with major sporting events such as the Super Bowl, Final Four, Masters, Ryder Cup, Kentucky Derby and more.