Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino, the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) returns to Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek April 4 ““ 7 featuring celebrity favorites plus first-time attendees including Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Jonathan Ogden , comedian Rob Riggle , PGA Golfer Dustin Johnson, country star Jake Owen , actor James Denton , NFL Quarterback Josh Freeman and actor/comedians Kevin Nealon and Wayne Brady*.
The new participants will join MJCI standout veterans including host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen , Anthony Anderson , Brian Baumgartner , Roger Clemens , Wayne Gretzky , Ken Griffey Jr. , Penny Hardaway , Brett Hull , Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux , Greg Maddux , Tom Welling , Jesse Williams and Adrian Young as they swing for a cause.
In its third year in Las Vegas, MJCI will gather dozens of celebrities for four days of star-studded events and golf at Shadow Creek and ARIA. Additional celebrity and athlete participants include defending champion Brandi Chastain , Jerome Bettis , Chris Chelios , Vince Coleman , Janet Jones-Gretzky , Dan Jansen , Win McMurry, Christina Milian*, Paul O’Neill, Stuart Scott , Ozzie Smith , Alan Thicke and Winky Wright .
The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.
Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.