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Celebrities play ball with Miracle League to kick off 2LiveBeyond tournament

Former MLB player Tony Womack high fives his Miracle League player partner Friday morning. The athletes participating in the second annual 2LiveBeyond Celebrity Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Grande Dunes Members Club took part in a game with Miracle League participants Friday morning at the Miracle League Field.
Former MLB player Tony Womack high fives his Miracle League player partner Friday morning. The athletes participating in the second annual 2LiveBeyond Celebrity Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Grande Dunes Members Club took part in a game with Miracle League participants Friday morning at the Miracle League Field. cslate@thesunnews.com

Most of the more than 30 athletes on the Grand Strand to participate in the second annual 2LiveBeyond Celebrity Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Members Club at Grande Dunes first joined participants of the Grand Strand Miracle League for a game on Friday at the Pepper Geddings Recreation Center.

Power-hitting outfielder George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine World Series championship team, as well as former National Basketball Association player Antawn Jamison were among the celebrities to participate Friday.

The two-day 2LiveBeyond event is hosted by retired 17-year MLB outfielder Reggie Sanders and retired nine-year NFL wide receiver Andre Davis, who both now live in Myrtle Beach, and includes a concert and pairings party with live and silent auctions Friday night at the House of Blues.

The event benefits charities including the Miracle League, which provides special needs individuals an opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities; Reggie Sanders Foundation, which focuses on area families dealing with autism; and Africa New Life Ministries, which cares for and educates children in Rwanda. The motto of the 2LiveBeyond initiative is “To live beyond ourselves so others can dream beyond their circumstances.”

Playing spots in Saturday’s tournament sold out at a cost of $1,500 per individual or $5,000 per team.

A total of 750 spectators will be allowed at a general admission price of $25 or VIP price of $100, which will include a tent with Planet Hollywood catered food and open bar, and there are still both forms of tickets remaining.

The $25 spectator tickets include a meet and greet; access to a recreation area with corn hole, Myrtle Beach Pelicans between-innings contests and a DJ; players participating in a long drive contest with marshmallows before the tournament; and a post-tournament hole-in-one contest for 10 players with an opportunity to win $1 million.

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284 or on Twitter @alanblondin, or read his blog Green Reading at myrtlebeachonline.com

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