American Century Championship
Charles Barkley, Annika Sorenstam, John Elway, Ray Romano, Denny Hamlin, Bode Miller, Jack Wagner, Alex Smith… just a small subset of the eighty celebrities who gathered this summer to enjoy golf and good times at the American Century Championship near Lake Tahoe in the scenic Sierra Nevada mountains. For twenty-five years, this annual golf tournament has offered a chance for the public to mingle with sports and entertainment legends, and has also raised substantial funds—about $4.2 million over the years—for charitable organizations.
This year, tournament title sponsor American Century Investments (ACI) honored the memory of their founder Jim Stowers, Jr., who passed away earlier this year, by naming the Stowers Institute as the tournament’s national beneficiary. Stowers President and CEO David Chao, PhD, attended the event. As an invited speaker, Chao shared some of the latest research from the Institute and from BioMed Valley Discoveries with American Century clients.
“Jim was an amazing person who focused his entire life on helping others,” said Jonathan Thomas, president and chief executive officer of American Century Investments. “In tribute to Jim and his unparalleled generosity, we were proud to direct a portion of the 2014 proceeds to the Stowers Institute.”
The week-long event, owned and broadcast by NBC Sports, drew nearly 40,000 people to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada. Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien won the event, and Jeremy Roenick and Annika Sorenstam tied for second place.
“The American Century Championship is known for its high-profile sports heroes and celebrities,” said Thomas. “But, thanks to his achievements in business and life sciences, and the enduring legacy he left the world, Jim Stowers is as big a star as any hall-of-fame athlete or award-winning actor.”