Dozens of athletes and celebrities went head-to-head in the 2019 Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational (DJCI) golf tournament at the exclusive Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Hosted by the award-winning ARIA Resort & Casino, the three-day event contributed more than $1 million to Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. This year's event partners included ICON International, WarnerMedia, ARIA and JP Sports + Entertainment.
Jerome Bettis, Benjamin Bratt, Joey Fatone, Ken Griffey Jr., Tino Martinez, Bode Miller, Frankie Muniz, Haley-Joel Osment, Jorge Posada, Gary Sheffield, Blair O'Neal, Paige Spiranac and Miles Teller were among the stars who attended the tournament to support the Turn 2 Foundation's mission of empowering youth to rise above negative influences and lead healthy lifestyles.
"This has been such a fantastic week, and I'd like to thank our friends, partners, sponsors and supporters for believing in Turn 2's mission and making this event possible," said Derek Jeter, who created the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996. "The incredible support we continue to receive each year allows us to build upon our Foundation's programs and provide youth with the tools and guidance they need to excel in school and serve as leaders in their communities. I'm grateful to everyone who devoted their time to ensuring yet another successful event, so that we can continue to inspire positive social change across the country."
On Wednesday, April 24, guests were greeted with a private welcome reception sponsored by Wheels Up at CATCH at ARIA. Singer, dancer, actor and television personality Joey Fatone hosted the evening, and guests had the opportunity to bid in an exclusive silent auction, while musician Kelley James delivered a performance to celebrate the kick-off of DJCI. The first two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur golf tournament began Thursday morning at Shadow Creek, where teams of celebrities and amateur participants competed in a best-ball, modified shamble format.
Following a day of friendly competition, celebrities, friends, partners and supporters joined Jeter at the event's highly-anticipated DJCI Gala at ARIA's Primrose Ballroom. FOX Sports host Holly Sonders emceed the evening, and GRAMMY Award-winning artist Pitbull performed for the crowd, delivering an unforgettable performance fit for Vegas.
The three-day event will conclude with the final round of the Celebrity-Amateur tournament on the morning of Friday, April 26.
Funds raised at this year's DJCI will benefit the Turn 2 Foundation and its signature programs. Since its Las Vegas launch in 2015, DJCI has contributed more than $5 million to the Foundation.
Miami Marlins CEO and part owner Derek Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation during his rookie year with the New York Yankees. Since its launch in 1996, Turn 2 has worked to help young people reach their full potential by creating and supporting initiatives that promote leadership development, academic achievement, positive behavior, healthy lifestyles and social change.
DJCI celebrities in attendance included: Pitbull, Miles Teller, Ray Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Benjamin Bratt, Johnny Damon, Joey Fatone, Derek Fisher, Grant Fuhr, Rebecca Grant, Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Harris, AJ Hawk, Andruw Jones, Katie Kaerney, Nancy Lieberman, Greg Maddux, Tino Martinez, Joe Mauer, Jim McMahon, Bode Miller, Frankie Muniz, Blair O'Neal, Paul O'Neill, Jonathan Ogden, Haley Joel Osment, Patrick Peterson, Jorge Posada, Ahmad Rashad, Jimmy Rollins, David Ross, Sterling Sharpe, Gary Sheffield, Holly Sonders, Paige Spiranac, Tanyon Sturtze, Miles Teller, Amani Toomer, Robin Ventura, Shane Victorino, Patrick Warburton, Deron Williams, Gerald Williams, Winky Wright and Kelley James.