May 30, 2019
By: Emmett Hall
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Hall of Famers and football legends are always willing to answer the call when fellow Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor requests their presence for his 11th annual LT Throwback Celebrity Golf Weekend. The event supports the Fore Life Inc. charity that serves at-risk youth and offers a Golf Instead of Guns initiative.
The four-day event started out on Thursday at the Grand Palm Golf Resort in Pembroke Pines with a Sip & Smoke reception followed by Friday’s Throwback Celebrity Golf Team Challenge at the golf resort. On Saturday, golfers gathered for LT’s Super Skins Game at the Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac. After the skins game, music lovers were treated to Jammin in the Park & Art Fest at the Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens in Lauderhill. The remaining survivors of the week could hit the links one more time for the Overtime golf outing.
The star power was shining brightly with National Football League Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, Richard Dent, Dwight Stephenson, Ricky Jackson and many other NFL players joining ranks with the Miami Heat’s Alonzo Mourning and James Johnson. They all gathered to golf and party for a purpose.
Johnson’s foursome including Kenneth McCraney, Mathieu St. Louis and David Tucker and earned the distinction of being the tournament’s low score winners.
The Throwback Challenge recaptures the nostalgic magic of the 1970s with the music and fashion style of that era making up a big part of the celebration. Miami’s music royalty Betty Wright has made every Throwback event since its inception in 2009.
Paula Pearson Tucker is the co-founder with Lawrence Taylor of Fore Life Inc. and serves as executive director of the nonprofit organization.
“The success of this event makes it possible for Fore Life, Inc. to offer quality programming year-round to vulnerable youth to help them succeed on and off the golf course,” Tucker said. “We don’t turn any child away whose parents or the juvenile courts think will benefit from our unique program. This event has grown over the years as has our impact on the community. This has been our best event ever thanks to the support from Lawrence Taylor.”