ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS - The Ocean Club resort on Paradise Island
in the Bahamas and Michael Jordan hosted a star-studded field
for the inaugural Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI)
January 11-14, 2001.
athletes from across the sports spectrum participated including
Charles Barkley, John Elway, Wayne Gretzky, Roger Clemens
and Julius Erving. These athletes were challenged by celebrity
golfers such as Stephen Baldwin, Michael Bolton, Don Cheadle,
Janet Jones and Aidan Quinn.
guests were treated to a fun-filled weekend of festivities
at the Ocean Club and Atlantis, Paradise Island resorts. The
weekend's entertainment highlight was a soulful, Saturday
night performance by three-time Grammy nominee, Jill Scott.
The MJCI featured a total of 36 celebrity golfers from the
worlds of sports and entertainment, as well as amateur participants,
including event sponsors and representatives of the Bahamian
corporate and local community competing in two separate events.
The event consisted of a two-day Celebrity-Am, pairing one
celebrity with three amateurs and a two-day “Celebrity Pairs.''
players competed for a total purse of $200,000. Up to $500,000
will be given to charity including $300,000 in charitable
donations for the Ronald McDonald Houses of North Carolina
and for the local Bahamian cancer society.
will air the fun-filled, four-day charitable golf event on
January 20, 2001 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm EST. Sponsors for the
MJCI included Gatorade, Palm, JORDAN Brand and Ultimate Bid.
part of Sun International's $100 million renovation and expansion
of the Ocean Club resort, in addition to the Ocean Club Golf
Course, the property now includes 50 new oceanfront rooms
and suites for a total of 107 guest accommodations, and Dune,
Jean Georges Vongerichten's first island restaurant.