Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, boxing great Brian Mitchell, Springbok rugby star Victor Matfield and footballers Mark Fish, Shaun Bartlett and Jimmy Tau will join a range of other former sports stars, celebrities, business leaders and professionals of the Sunshine Tour who came together to show their support for the first Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational at the Lost City Golf Course in Sun City from November 19-20.
The biggest names in sport and business will come together to help out a charity tournament that celebrates the life and legacy of the late Vivienne Player and the work of the Gary and Vivenne Player Foundation to raise funds for the underprivileged.
The recipient of the 2022 Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational is Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School, located adjacent to the Blair Atholl Golf and Equestrian Estate and originally founded by Gary and Vivienne Player on what was then their family farm.
Other sports stars who will support this initiative are rugby legends Butch James, Akona and Odwa Ndungane, Patrick Lambie, Stefan Terblanche and Owen Nkumane, Proteas cricketers Herschelle Gibbs and Vernon Philander, former Bafana Bafana footballers Matthew Booth , Aaron Mokoena and Mark Williams, and the famous South African golfer Sally Little.
“Vivienne had a huge love for people and she was also passionate about sports, having played golf at a high level herself. So I know it would have been very close to his heart to see so many top athletes from South Africa supporting my passion and his passion for helping the underprivileged, and in this case Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School and children and teachers there that Vivenne felt so deeply,” said Gary Player.
The field includes the top 18 professionals from the Gary and Vivienne Player challenge of the Sunshine Tour played at Selborne Park Golf Club in September, as well as the top five professionals outside the top 18 who are also part of the Papwa Sewgolum class for historically disadvantaged golfers . on the Tower.