Las Vegas, Nevada (March 30, 2012)–The Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational harkens back to the good ole days of Las Vegas when true A-list celebrities partied and golfed in Las Vegas. Today marked the first round of the celebrity/amateur portion of this charity tournament hosted by ARIA and Shadow Creek. Back in the day the likes of Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Jim Brown and Joe Dimaggio played in Vegas. Take a look at exclusive video from Bader TV for a behind the scenes look at the Jordan action. –By Brian Hurlburt, video from Bader TV You Tube Posting.

Among the celebrities participating are Aaron Rodgers, Sugar Ray Leonard, Brandi Chastain, Terry Francona, Cedric the Entertainer and many, many more. The golf is at the exclusive Shadow Creek while the partying goes on at ARIA at CityCenter.

The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, started Thursday and continues Friday, March 30. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. More information on special events surrounding the tournament, as well as additional celebrity participants will be announced in the near future.

Shadow Creek, one of the country’s most exclusive golf courses, will open its doors to the public for only the second time. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, UC San Diego Nevada Cancer Institute, 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.

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