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Honoring and Upholding the Spirit of Freedom through Golf

Press Release - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Golf 9/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORLANDO, FL – Few things in our generation's history compare with the significance of September 11, 2001. Each of us can describe exactly where we were, what we were doing, and how we felt when we were confronted with the unfolding tragedy.

Where were you? How did you feel as you sat, glued to your television, in disbelief over the attack on freedom?

Now think back to the very next day, September 12, 2001. “Apart from the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/12 stands alone as a day when people came together,” says retired Gen. William ‘Buck’ Kernan, vice chairman of the GOLF 9/12 board, who served under President George W. Bush at the time of the attacks. Strangers helped strangers. Flags were raised and candles were lit with a spontaneous spirit of unity as one by one, Americans linked arms. September 12, 2001 is truly a day when we stood together as one.

Co-founders of GOLF 9/12, Col. Ray Horoho (Ret.), Rich Davies and Johan Immelman, saw something special on 9/12, worth celebrating and remembering.  Col. Horoho (Ret.) worked in the Pentagon with his wife Maj. General Patty Horoho on the day of the attack. “There were no divisions on 9/12.  To a person, we stood passionately united,” says Horoho.  Davies adds, “We were indeed ‘one nation, under God.’”

Like his associates and so many who love this country, Immelman is concerned that the world has already begun to forget that feeling of national unity. As a past Commissioner of the Southern Africa PGA Tour, member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Tour and father of 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, he believes the inherent values of the game of golf represent an ideal vehicle to regain that spirit of unity.

“The game of golf represents the best of humanity – integrity, honesty, respect, courtesy, charity, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence,” says Immelman, CEO of GOLF 9/12. “These are values we hope GOLF 9/12 can count on for support.”

On the Monday following the 10-year anniversary of the attacks, GOLF 9/12 patrons will tee off simultaneously at their home clubs and courses in what can become the largest multi-venue golf event in the world.

Embracing the power of technology, players will be connected via live mobile scoring and a real time leader board. Players will be able to check the mobile leaderboard as they play, and heckle and challenge friends wherever they are playing in a matter of seconds, using a custom GOLF 9/12 mobile phone application.

GOLF 9/12 is a forward-looking initiative and proceeds from funds raised from optional after-play gatherings will be used to build relationships by supporting people and charitable organizations, upholding the spirit of freedom, especially in places where hopelessness breeds.  Golf 9/12 is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status that will support The Pentagon Memorial Fund, The 9-11 Memorial, Flight 93 Memorial, local First Responders, Armed Forces Charities and Friends of Freedom Charities, including global outreach projects and educational programs throughout the world.

Davies, Chairman of the GOLF 9/12, adds “GOLF 9/12 is a grassroots initiative; it’s you and me doing something to remind all who treasure freedom that we are one.”

‘Stars for Freedom’ that have already united through the vision of Golf 9/12 include: Davis Love III, Lucas Glover, Trevor Immelman, Larry Mize, David Frost, Dan Marino, Wesley Walls, Jim Stuckey, David Leadbetter, and retired Marine Corps Lance Corporal Tim Lang, decorated war hero and avid amputee golfer.

Immelman quotes Nelson Mandela who once said, "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does." “This is the hope behind Golf 9/12, to help us remember the unity we felt the day after the 9/11 tragedy,” says Immelman. “Golf 9/12 provides a way for us to unite again, and personally engage in honoring, upholding, and celebrating the freedom we are blessed to enjoy.”

GOLF 9/12 invites all friends of freedom to unite:

“On behalf of the GOLF 9/12 board, advisors and staff, we invite you to join us - to get involved - and remember the passionate unity we felt on 9/12. A decade later, we will stop and become one, again.”

Never forget 9/11. Always remember 9/12.

To register as a GOLF 9/12 Patron go to www.golf912.org.

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FACT SHEET

 
VISION
Participation in a golf event that transcends all boundaries and establishes a day of unity for all to remember and learn how people felt on September 12, 2001, standing united and engaged to honor and uphold the spirit of freedom.

WHAT IS GOLF 9/12

 
Remember
Golf 9/12 establishes a day of unity, where people participate at their local club or golf course, connected by technology, in a global golf event that transcends all boundaries. GOLF 9/12 will inspire all to remember how we felt on September 12, 2001, standing united and engaged to honor and uphold the spirit of freedom.
 
Unite
GOLF 9/12 invites you to Unite, through the power of technology. Through GOLF 9/12’s custom mobile application, you will be able to view live scoring, real time leader boards, shot sharing, challenge your friends, wherever they are, in a matter of seconds. Through the Golf 9/12 website, and our custom mobile application, and Social Networking, everyone will be linked, playing at the same time… connected and standing united.
Engage
GOLF 9/12 invites you to Engage by participating in the annual Golf 9/12 event, to take place each year on the first Monday after September 11th. Golfers will tee off - together - at their home clubs and courses, as part of what can become the largest multi-venue golf event in the world.
We engage in a Day of Unity through optional after-play gatherings to support people and charitable organizations, upholding the spirit of freedom, especially in places where hopelessness breeds.
Together, we can reach out, pro-actively engaging people to become friends of freedom, wherever they may be.

WHY GOLF 9/12

Golf 9/12 establishes a perpetual history lesson about the events of September 11, 2001. Perhaps more importantly: Golf 9/12 is what we can do to bring people together and build bonds with people, near and far.
As Nelson Mandela so famously said, "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does." This is the hope behind Golf 9/12, to help us remember the unity we felt the day after the 9/11 tragedy. Golf 9/12 provides a way for us to unite again, and personally engage in honoring, upholding, and celebrating the freedom we are blessed to enjoy.

WHO IS INVOLVED

Golfers who choose to play with friends or associates at their local courses are the core of Golf 9/12.  This event involves the entire golf community and reaches beyond our boundaries. Golf clubs and courses in your area will be invited to participate. Corporations are encouraged to sponsor Golf 9/12 events at clubs and courses across the country.
 
Many ‘Stars for Freedom’ have already united through the vision of GOLF 9/12, including Davis Love III, Lucas Glover, Trevor Immelman, Larry Mize, David Frost, Dan Marino, Wesley Walls, Jim Stuckey, David Leadbetter, and retired Marine Corps Lance Corporal Tim Lang, decorated war hero and avid amputee golfer.

WHO DOES IT HELP

Golf 9/12 will honor The Pentagon Memorial Fund, The 9-11 Memorial, Flight 93 Memorial, local First Responders, Armed Forces Charities and Friends of Freedom Charities, including global outreach educational programs throughout the world. Building relationships with people across the world, especially in places where hopelessness breeds, Golf 9/12 will bring together those who cherish freedom.

WHO IS GOLF 9/12

Golf 9/12 is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and contributions are tax-deductible. Golf 9/12 establishes a forward looking legacy, a legacy that will help future generations uphold the values which were so clearly evident and spontaneously felt on September 12, 2001.
GOLF 9/12 is a grassroots initiative. It is you and me doing something to remind all who treasures freedom that we are one.
Board of Directors 
Richard Davies - Chairman (Pavilion Development Co.)
General William 'Buck' Kernan - Vice Chairman (U.S. Army Retired)
Mrs. Dianne Bailey (Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.)
Mr. Mac Barnhardt (Crown Sports Management)
Colonel Ray Horoho (U.S. Army Retired) 
Advisory Board
Kym Hougham (Executive Director, Wells Fargo Championship)
Trevor Immelman (PGA TOUR Player)
David Leadbetter (World’s Leading Golf Instructor)
Michael Leemhuis (CEO and GM Congressional Country Club)
Davis Love, III (PGA TOUR Player)
Dan Marino (NFL Hall of Fame)
Wesley Walls (NFL Super Bowl Champion)
Executive Management
Johan Immelman - Chief Executive Officer 
Mr. Ray Horoho - Treasurer / Secretary
Tony Schuster - Operations Advisor
Tommy Deschenes - Promotions Advisor
Corporate Culture
“In any initiative such as this, it is critically important to all who ‘catch the spirit’ that this event is first and foremost dedicated to the spirit of unity for those who support freedom. Secondarily, if we are fortunate enough to raise support for worthy causes, it must only be done in a completely transparent manner and nobody should pad their pockets on the backs of those who have been devastatingly impacted by those who stand against freedom.”
Rich Davies, Chairman and Founder, GOLF 9/12.

FUTURE DATES

2011    Monday, September 12
2012    Monday, September 17
2013    Monday, September 16
2014    Monday, September 15
2015    Monday, September 14
2016    Monday, September 12

REMINDER

Golf 9/12 is you and me. It is us! It’s each of us doing something to make a stand–together-for the freedoms we hold dear.
We invite you to join us - to get involved - and remember the passionate unity we felt on 9/12. A decade later, at least for one day a year, we will stop… and become one… again.
Never forget 9/11. Always Remember 9/12.

TO JOIN

Please visit www.golf912.org to register as a GOLF 9/12 Patron.

 

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