June 8, 2006 — Actress Regina King , who starred in the Academy Award-winning film biography "Ray," will participate in the Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands Celebrity Golf Classic this weekend. Now in its second year, the tournament is a four-day event that brings national celebrities to the territory in support of the foundation.
Born in Los Angeles, King began her career on the television show "227" and since then has starred in a host of movies, including "Jerry Maguire," "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous," and "Boyz 'N the Hood." Currently King is working on her next film project, entitled "Ant Bully," while continuing to voice characters in the animated series, "The Boondocks."
In a press release, UVI Vice President for Institutional Advancement Joseph B. Boschulte said the reason for hosting the Golf Classic is to broaden the university's contacts with national celebrities who come to the Virgin Islands in support of education. "Regina King's participation in the [event] is an illustration of the university's brand reaching far and wide," Boschulte said.
The centerpiece of the event is the celebrity golf tournament scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Carambola Golf Club. Local golfers will be paired with the more than 20 actors, professional athletes and TV personalities for the golf outing. Early sign-up for golfers is $115 and on-site registration is $125.
Additionally, the Golf Classic weekend will feature a Friday luncheon at 1 p.m. to benefit the foundation. There will also be youth sports clinics at 3 p.m. Friday at the UVI campus and a Casino Night at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Divi Carina Bay Resort.
Returning celebrities include former Chicago Bear Willie Gault, retired Seattle Supersonic Gus Williams, M'fundo Morrison of "General Hospital" and Tanya Roberts of "That 70s Show."
Other celebrities participating in the event include Salim Stoudamire of the Atlanta Hawks, BET and TBS host Mia Butler, the New York Giants Mitchell Smith and "Barker Beauty" Kathleen Brady Redd.
For more information, call the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1040 or visit the UVI Web site.
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