Commentary

Athletes come together for charity golf

Originally Published: July 13, 2010
By Kelley Carter | Special to Page 2

LOS ANGELES -- Dave Annable jutted his head back in disbelief when he was approached by New York Mets legend and baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter Tuesday morning at the 10th annual ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic.

"Gary Carter came up to me and told me he was a 'Brothers & Sisters' fan. I almost lost my mind," said Annable, who stars as Justin Walker on the ABC show. "I told my buddy to punch me in the face; it doesn't get any better than that."

Annable was one of several celebrities who joined forces with past and current athletes to help raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. He played alongside athletes and other celebrities, including Miles Austin, Brandi Chastain, Jerome Bettis, Jalen Rose, Eddie George, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Jeff Daniels, Tony Dovolani, Julius Erving and Vince Young.

Annable admits his show doesn't exactly attract big meaty, muscle football players, and was surprised to hear that many were fans of the show.

"I've heard more 'my wife loves the show,' and 'well, it's not that bad' about a dozen times," he said laughing. "It's really funny because my buddies don't like it. They're like 'Is Chris Berman hosting it?' It's really a smart show, a great show. Great actors. I think some guys can get past it. I mean, I'm like 'I'm watching ESPN every Sunday night, not my show! But it's a lot of fun. It allows me to come to great events like these."

The event, combined with ESPN Radio's sixth annual "Don't Give Up ESPYs V Foundation Auction," which ended on Friday, raised $1.63 million in net proceeds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Since its inception, the two events have raised more than $11.7 million.

"Cancer is such a serious disease; it's important to give back," Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Miles Austin said. "It's great to give back in a way that's so casual. It's easy and it's fun to come out here. It's good to be out here and hanging out on such a good day with beautiful people."

NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin joked about his golf game, but said the work he and the other players were doing on Tuesday was serious business.

"The beautiful part about it is you have a mixture of the old and the new and the guys that are out playing right now today," he said. "We all bring something special to this particular game and we're all here for one cause, to raise as much money as we can to take care of our business for this cancer."

Kelley L. Carter is a freelance entertainment reporter. She can be reached at Kelley@thekelleylcarter.com.

Kelley L. Carter is an Emmy-winning entertainment journalist who has written for publications including USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, Vibe and Essence magazines. She also regularly provides expert pop culture and entertainment commentary for outlets including CNN, E! and the TV Guide Channel.