Celebs tee up for charity

Former NBA great Detlef Schrempf is still getting used to retirement after retiring from a 16-year career last year.

That doesn’t mean the former Sonics star is straying away from his longstanding charitable foundation, which has included a golf tournament at McCormick Woods.

On Monday the Detlef Schrempf Foundation made a stop at McCormick Woods for the second round of its eighth-annual charity golf tournament.

The first round took place at Willows Run Golf Course this year.

Every year, Schrempf gathers a bevy of past and present sports stars and mixes them with television and movies stars all in the name of children’s charities.

So far, the Detlef Schrempf Foundation has raised nearly $4 million in an effort to improve Northwest children’s lives.

Though retired now, Schrempf said celebrities have the advantage of putting their name on a charity to help with fundraising efforts.

“It’s important being able to reach out any way to the community,” Schrempf said. “It’s one thing to stick my name on an event, but the reality is that without the loyal support of sponsors and donors that continue to give year after year, the foundation could never enjoy this kind of success.”

Schrempf said he likes holding the tournament at McCormick Woods.

“It makes for a unique experience, and it’s a great place to play,” he said. “Where else do you take a boat and then come back on a boat?”

The number of charities continue to grow with the foundation as well.

What started out with a two or three has now more than doubled to eight charities.

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