On February 23, the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame held its 4th Annual Celebrity Bowling Tournament at Splitsville in South Miami's Shops at Sunset Place. It was a packed house. Donors bowled with some of their favorite former Canes all-stars in a relaxing evening of family fun, food and Hurricanes camaraderie.
Former NFL running back and UM alum Clinton Portis, the event host, remarked, "This is great! The Canes community is strong and to be able to come out and see so many of our best while raising money is a privilege." When asked how he bowled, Portis replied with a grin, "Back in the day it was different, now the kids beat me."
The event also featured a live and silent auction with some pretty unique and personal items up for grabs.
K.C. Jones, president of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame, reminded us about the mission. "We recognize, honor and celebrate the individuals that have brought acclaim to the University of Miami for their performance on the field. So, we've inducted some of the most incredible athletes in the world." He went on to explain that their events leverage this incredible group to raise money for worth causes.
Among those who attended were Santana Moss, JD Arteaga, Rich Mercier, Wayne Beckner, Don Soldinger, Tracy Kerdyk, Alex Santos, Jodi Appelbaum-Steinbauer and Hal Sears. There were also more than 30 celebrities...DJ Williams, Steve Edwards, Ray Buchanon and Rob Word. Clinton Portis even brought along a few of his NFL buddies...Sidney Rice and Takeo Spikes.
Proceeds from this bowling tournament benefited the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, as well as the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
Marc Buoniconti was on-hand and really enjoyed seeing so many people come out for the cause.
The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame also runs a fishing and golf tournament plus an annual banquet. If you'd like to learn more contact UMSHoF Executive Director John Routh at 305-284-2775 or UMSportsHallFame@aol.com. The event also has its own web page at: http://www.umsportshalloffame.com/bowling-tournament.html