NFL Legends To Highlight TWU Golf Tournament

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Mark Janzen – TWU

May 23, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – The Trinity Western University 19th Annual WIRELESSWAVE Golf Tournament will feature three of the best running backs in NFL history.

Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk and Terrell Davis will all be in attendance as celebrity guests at this year’s sold-out tournament, which will be held June 5 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club in Coquitlam, B.C.

The trio of former NFL stars is a decorated group that, combined, has 16 Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl championships.

In terms of single season rushing yards, Eric Dickerson stands alone. In 1984, the Los Angeles Rams star rushed for 2,105 yards, breaking the previous record of 2,003, which was set by O.J. Simpson in 1973. Since then, no one has rushed for more yards in a single season.

During his career, Dickerson was selected to the pro bowl six times and was the NFL’s rushing leader four times. He finished his career with 13,259 rushing yards and is the seventh leading NFL rusher of all time. In 1999, Dickerson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is also the founder of the Eric Dickerson Foundation, which is a foundation “committed to providing positive influences through youth sports, education and leadership.”

Few NFL players can boast of the accolades of Marshall Faulk. During his 13-year NFL career, Faulk was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and was named the league MVP in 2000. In 1999, he helped the St. Louis Rams capture Super Bowl XXXIV. That year, he also set the record for combined yards from scrimmage in a single season with 2,429 yards. He now sits second on that list behind Chris Johnson.

Faulk finished his career with 12,279 rushing yards and is the 10th leading NFL rusher of all time. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Currently he is an analyst for the NFL Network. He is also the founder of the Marshall Faulk Foundation, which is a foundation “dedicated to improving the quality of life for today’s youth by increasing opportunities for them to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.”

In just seven seasons with the NFL’s Denver Broncos, Terrell Davis put together a career no one in the Mile High City will ever forget. Davis helped lead the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in both the 1997 and 1998 seasons. In Super Bowl XXXII – the Broncos first in franchise history – Davis was named the Super Bowl MVP. The following year, in 1998, Davis was named the NFL’s regular season MVP. He finished his career with 7,607 rushing yards.

This year’s golf tournament will also feature CTV’s Brian Williams as the evening’s master of ceremonies. Williams is an eight-time Gemini Award winner and has covered a total of 14 Olympic Games. He was also recently awarded the first-ever Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Host or Analyst in a Sports Program or Sportscast for his work during the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

On the course, there will be over 150 volunteers helping to create an exciting atmosphere on each hole. One of the highlights will be Iron Chef Rob Feenie, who will be challenging golfers to a “Beat the Iron Chef” contest at one of the Cactus Club sponsored holes. Cactus Club will also be supplying some of its delicious food samples at the holes it’s hosting, as the restaurant gears up for their soon-to-open locations in Langley and Toronto.

Also, on the list of special guests is Vancouver Whitecaps FC coach Martin Rennie.

The TWU Annual WIRELESSWAVE Golf Tournament has raised more than $3,035,000 for student-athlete scholarships and endowments thanks to major sponsors like Samsung, Rogers, Bell, Blackberry, LG, Virgin Mobile and Fido.

Since the Spartans took over management of the tournament in 1998, the event has seen an increase in the dollars raised from $30,000 in its first year to over $660,000 net in 2012.

This year’s event will once again feature a fantastic silent auction table, which will include trips to Argentina, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Lake Como and Tuscany in Italy, the V-Festival in London and the West Coast Fishing Club in in the Queen Charlotte Islands, as well as golf destination trips and a vast variety of sports memorabilia, electronics and much more.

About Trinity Western Spartan Athletics

As official members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the Spartans compete in 10 sports in the Canada West division of the CIS: women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track and field. Trinity Western also competes in hockey in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).

Since Trinity Western entered the CIS in 1999, Spartan student-athletes have accumulated a number of significant awards including four CIS Player of the Year awards, one CIS Elite Eight Academic All-Canadian award, three CIS Rookie of the Year awards, two CIS Libero of the Year award, three CIS community service awards and numerous CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star awards. In 14 years as members of the CIS, the Spartans have won seven national titles (women’s soccer in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2012 and men’s volleyball in 2006, 2011 and 2012),18 CIS championship medals, two individual CIS national championships, nine CIS individual medals and 10 Canada West team championships.

For more information, visit TWU’s Official Athletics site at: www.gospartans.ca or follow the Spartans on Twitter at: @TWUSpartans.

About Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU’s 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

For more information, visit TWU’s official site at: www.twu.ca.

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