Alumni from across the country converged on South Florida for the inaugural Orange Legends Charity Golf Tournament held on Nov. 14, many for a weekend full of fun with their Orange family leading up to it.
The charity tournament was hosted by former Orange basketball great Sherman Douglas ’89 to support the Our Time Has Come (OTHC) Orange Legends Scholarship, which was established in 2020 by Roland Williams ’97, Juli and Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 and Douglas, as well as the Women’s Basketball Head Coach’s Fund in support of Coach Felisha Legette-Jack ’89.
Participants included Orange legends from football, basketball and lacrosse, including Greg Allen ’73 and John Lobon ’73 of the Syracuse 8, Dale Shackleford ’79, Angela Alston-Roberts ’90, Lazarus Sims ’96, John Wallace ’96, Cory Bowen ’00 and Rob Konrad ’02, as well as Kevin Richardson H’20, a member of the Exonerated 5 and the first Syracuse University honorary undergraduate degree recipient.
For many alumni, the tournament provided an excuse for a holiday weekend escape in the sun. Activities kicked off on Friday evening with a welcome party at Matchbox Sawgrass Mills, located next door to the headquarters AC Hotel in Sunrise. Saturday activities included morning rooftop yoga, followed by a beach day in Fort Lauderdale and Syracuse football game watch party that night. On Sunday evening, alumni were treated to a special screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, sponsored by Epiphany Blue, a special events company owned by Tamekia Flowers-Ball ’97, a member of the Multicultural Advancement Advisory Council.
On Monday, the Orange Legends Tournament was held at the Club at Weston Hills. As an alternative to the tournament, alumni were able to sign up for a golf clinic with a PGA pro, who taught the basics of the game. The event culminated with an awards ceremony and live auction conducted by Salatha Willis, associate athletics director for diversity, climate and culture, that included a pair of roundtrip JetBlue tickets, a golf foursome at the private courses at the Club at Weston Hills, and exclusive game-day experiences donated by Coaches Boeheim and Legette-Jack.
Participants received special thanks for their support from OTHC Scholars Jordan Pierre ’23 and Nyah Jones ’23, who served as student hosts throughout the weekend.
“We are thrilled that Sherman graciously offered to host this event and recruit fellow Orange Legends to participate,” says Miko Horn ’95, director of alumni events in the Office of Multicultural Advancement. “This inaugural tournament is part of our yearlong 40th anniversary celebration but we hope for it to become an annual event supporting the OTHC Program. Alumni who participated can’t wait to do it again.”