Cedric the Entertainer holds annual celebrity golf classic

The actor/comedian makes it nine in a row for the golf event that raises funds for charity

WESTLAKE, Calif. (News4usonline) – The 9th Annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic took place on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15. The golf classic was celebrated in two different fashions. On Sunday night, the Lexus VIP Pairing Party Celebration kicked off and so the fun began. Celebrities and athletes alike showed up for a night of entertainment prior to the tournament the following morning.

The Golf Classic is a token of gratitude to help raise funds for the Kyles Family Foundation and help the urban youth. Those that attended helped support Cedric the Entertainer and his endeavors that benefit the Kyles Family Foundation.

(Left to Right) Actor Boris Kodjoe, Cedric the Entertainer, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Julius (Dr. J) Erving were present at the 9th Annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic on Aug. 14, 2022. Photo by Melinda Meijer/News4usonline

This is Cedric’s way of giving back and it trickles down to the following charities: Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, Kyles Family Foundation, SSM Health Foundation, Rosetta Boyce Kyles Women’s Pavilion, and Amazing Grace Conservatory.

The Kyles Family Foundation started over ten years ago and aims to help urban youth throughout the country and teach valuable life skills with a focus on healthy eating, physical education, and academics. It was started by Cedric and his wife, Lorna Kyles to help youth navigate life with a purpose.

The foundation has been awarded a grant in 2019 from the Harold and Carole Pump Foundation, a well-known foundation that helps raise awareness for cancer research and raise funds to help fight cancer.

Lexus VIP Pairing Party Celebration & Cedric The Entertainer Golf Classic

Plenty of celebrities and athletes alike showed their support this past weekend for this memorable event. Many big names graced the “red carpet” like Maiya Taneka, Derek Fisher, David Justice, Marcus Allen, and Sugar Ray Leonard, who were among the attendees in this year’s event.  

I felt positive energy as I arrived to cover this event. All of the participants had very similar messages and the running theme throughout the event was their desire to support their friend Cedric and to give back to the community by helping fundraise for this cause.  Every celebrity and athlete seemed glad to be part of this effort and they looked forward to having some fun playing golf in the process.

Cedric the Entertainer was no slouch when it came to showing up in style. In his fashion, he sported a cherry blossom blazer and stylish hat to accompany his look. Unfortunately, Cedric had his hands full running the event and was not able to talk to all the media, but was very humble and did mention he would try to return.

Former Major League Baseball star David Justice and his partner attended the kickoff event for the 9th Annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic on Aug. 14, 2022. Photo by Melinda Meijer/News4usonline

As for the celebrities and guests that came to show support to their dear friend, a few stood out in particular. Leonard is a boxing legend. Justice was an MLB superstar during his heyday. Someone who was not on the promotional guest list was UFC light-heavyweight champ Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, all of which had very kind words to say.

“I’m just here to have fun and to give back. To be a part of things that will help our kids, and families and my heart go out to everybody. I want to give back to all of them,” said Leonard at the Lexus VIP Pairing Party Celebration.

Leonard jokingly mentioned he would hit the ball on the golf course too far and too hard. The boxing legend was there to have a good time and support the community, his golf swing was the least of his concerns.

Justice believes that kids are in a league of their own.

“I feel like I represent a lot of the young kids that we are raising money for,” Justice said. “I was fortunate to grow up in a Boys [& Girls] Club and spent a lot of time in one in my neighborhood. I started all my youth sports at the Boys [& Girls] Club. Some of my best mentors in my life were from the Boys [& Girls] Club. It had a major impact in my life and I know it has had a major impact in many lives, we just want to continue that.”

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Derek Fisher attended the 9th Annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic on Aug. 14, 2022. Photo by Melinda Meijer/News4usonline

To my surprise, martial arts legend Chuck Liddel came out to the Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic event. He was not on the promotional list and it was nice to see him come out and show his support.

“It’s always important to help give kids chances and give kids a place to work at things in life,” said Liddell in response to the importance of fundraising.

The 9th Annual Cedric The Entertainer Celebrity Golf Classic is more than an event to help raise funds for the urban youth but to hopefully give kids the chance to one day live their dreams.

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