Austin Carr Charity Classic To Be Held At Warren Golf Course
Tournament to benefit Austin Carr Endowment Fund and Notre Dame Minority Scholarship Fund.

July 24, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The second annual Austin Carr Charity Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001 at the University of Notre Dame Warren Golf Course.

All proceeds will be donated to the Austin Carr Endowment Fund that will be given to the University of Notre Dame Minority Scholarship Fund.

The weekend begins with a VIP Reception for participants, celebrities and sponsors at 6:00 p.m. EST on Friday, Sept. 21, in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center. Each participant will attend the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game at 1:30 p.m. EST the following day. On Sunday, there will be a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. EST prior to the 9:00 a.m. EST shotgun start. Following the event, lunch will be provided and each participant will be invited to the awards reception following the outing.

Celebrities already committed to participating in the event include former Notre Dame men’s basketball standouts Kelly Tripucka, Pat Garrity, Toby Knight, Collis Jones, Jack Meehan, Tracy Jackson, Bob Arnzen and Bruce Flowers, former Irish football stars Bob Keuchenberg, Joey Getherall, Ryan Leahy, Dave Casper, Dave Duerson, Darrell Gordon, Luther Bradley, Creighton Miller, Mike Townsend, Tony Rice, Jim Seymour, Allen Pinkett and Ross Browner, former women’s basketball player Ruth Riley, former Atlanta Falcons running back William Andrews, former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Isaac Curtis and current Irish men’s basketball coach Mike Brey.

Individual packages are available for $500 and corporate foursomes are available for $2,000 each. Both include the same amenities, with corporate foursomes placed with one celebrity during the golf outing. Anyone interested in playing may contact The Austin Carr Foundation, c/o Saga Sports International, 1225 East River Drive, Suite 205, Davenport, IA 52803 or call (319) 324-3929 for more information.

Carr, currently the director of business and community development for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association, remains the all-time leading scorer in Notre Dame basketball history. He finished with 2,560 points between 1968-71 – helping him earn national player of the year honors as a senior in 1970-71 from the Associated Press and United Press International.

He still ranks as the most prolific scorer in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament, thanks to his 41.3-point average in seven NCAA games. He holds the NCAA tournament single-game record with 61 points vs. Ohio University in ’70, posted three of the top five scoring performances in tournament history and still holds six NCAA tournament records.

A three-year starter at guard for the Irish, the 6-3 Washington D.C., product (Mackin High School) averaged 22.0 points for the Irish as a sophomore, 38.1 as a junior and 37.9 as a senior, helping the Irish to NCAA appearances each of those seasons to go with records of 20-7, 21-8 and 20-9. He finished second nationally in scoring as both a junior and senior and his career 34.6 scoring mark ranks second all-time.

The first player chosen by the Cavaliers in the 1971 NBA draft, Carr made the NBA all-rookie team in ’72 after averaging 21.2 points his first season. He finished with 10, 473 career points, playing nine seasons in Cleveland, then one with Washington and Dallas in 1980-81. He received the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1980 from the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America for superior accomplishments in community affairs.

Active with the community’s literacy program as a spokesman for “Stay-in-School,” Carr also hosts the pre-game show on the Cavs’ radio broadcasts and participates with the Cavs’ Legends Team.

A ’71 Notre Dame graduate in economics, Carr, his wife Sharon and children Jason and Ashley reside in suburban Cleveland.