Inaugural golf tournament to benefit youths

By Mehgaan Jones


The Kem Kimbrough Foundation, named for Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, Sr., will hold an inaugural golf tournament, next month, to benefit the foundation and the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes.

The event, "Swinging for Children," will take place at Lake Spivey Golf Course, at 8255 Clubhouse Way, in Jonesboro, on Friday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. It will be hosted by Larry Drew, the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, according to Shannon DeYampert, planning director for the Kem Kimbrough Foundation.

The tournament will be comprised of 32 teams, and each team will have four members, said DeYampert. "There will be about 132 golfers in attendance," she added. Individual golfers are welcome to participate as well.

Sponsors have been recruited through flyers, phone calls, e-mails and face-to-face meetings, said DeYampert.

Sponsors include: Maggiano's Little Italy and Jason's Deli, which will help provide food. Other sponsors for the event include: Georgia Power, Clayton County Public Schools, and Bealls Communications.

Information regarding the event will be broadcast on the gospel music radio station, 1570 AM The Light, DeYampert said.

She added that the station is also expected to be present during the golf tournament.

The tournament will have several sponsor packages available for participants. Registration for individual golfers is $75, until Sept. 20, and $85 after that date. Group sponsorships begin at $400 for four players, and increase based upon the type of sponsorship.

According to DeYampert, proceeds from the event will go to two causes, the Kem Kimbrough Foundation, and the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes. The Kem Kimbrough Foundation is a program for the disadvantaged youths of Clayton County, DeYampert said. "The foundation is based upon two main points, dispute resolution and decision making," she said. DeYampert said Kimbrough saw that the youths of Clayton County needed guidance on these issues. "He is working on several events to promote a future of success, which will include etiquette and SAT prep classes," said DeYampert.

The Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes is a non-profit program associated with the Georgia Sheriff's Association, that provides residential foster homes for neglected and abused children, DeYampert explained.

For more information about the golf tournament, contact Shannon DeYampert at (770) 477-3200, or e-mail her at shannondkkf@gmail.com.