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Celebrity athletes have fun at the ACE Shootout

Steve Young and Bo Jackson Steve Young and Bo Jackson
Kevin Millar and Johnny Damon Kevin Millar and Johnny Damon
Tim Brown Tim Brown
Grant Fuhr Grant Fuhr
Miracle caddie Raquel Taniguchi Miracle caddie Raquel Taniguchi

By Malika Dudley - bio | email

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Every year the Golf Channel airs the Ace Shootout benefiting Children's Miracle Network. It's now in it's thirteenth year. During that time, millions of dollars have been raised through this event for children's hospitals across the nation. Malika co-hosted the Ace Shootout this year and gives us a sneak peek.

"We're here at the Marriott Kauai Lagoons golf course for the Children's Miracle Network Ace Shootout, this event alone raises nearly a million dollars for Children's Miracle Network, as you can see, its a lot of fun, over a hundred people working together to reach that goal." Last year, was my first time as co-host, I also had some fun teaching the guys to stand up paddle. But this year, we upped the ante with NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, taking the microphone. He said, "I would love to be playing, but I was so poor , I played so poorly that they decided to make me a emeritus. I'm on my way out, you go player, host, goodbye."

Obviously the guys have a lot of fun. The Shootout pits teams from different sports against each other to find out who the better golfer is. NFL star, Tim Brown explains, "We play what we call ghetto golf people aren't used to ghetto golf, that's stuff that's meant for people in the hood." From team baseball, Kevin Millar and Johnny Damon taught me their cheer. While basketball Hall of Famer's, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and George "The Iceman" Gervin commented on my 5'10" frame. They said, "She's a shorty. She's not that tall."

Team football, on the other hand, was all business. Tim Brown said, "I come over here to win, not to compete, we come to win." Steve Young knows Tim's competitive spirit well, "I'm telling you Tim Brown is very competitive and very serious and when he got beat a couple years ago by Jerry Rice, it was like a death in the family."

While the quiet and reserved, team hockey was favored to win by our Honorary Caddie, Miracle Child Raquel Taniguchi. But by far, the hardest role in the Shootout is that of mulligan player. Big Break Disney winner, Mike Perez could make it or break it for one of these teams. He says, "These aren't your average joe's here, so I want to make sure that I can come through for em." We won't spoil the show for you by announcing the winners, you'll just have to watch it on the Golf Channel in August. But what we can tell you, is it's more than just a golf shootout.

"When you think about Children's Miracle Network you think about folks who are trying to do some good. For me the whole thing changed I had twins born in 2002 and boy girl twins and my son had a little bit of an issue. Spending that night in the hospital watching my little man be put under that was a totally different wake up call for me, for sure," explains Tim Brown.

Kevin Millar says, "I have three kids right now and we have a fourth coming but kids are our future and if you don't have a soft spot for children you got a problem."

George Gervin said, "That's the beauty of it, CMN has really changed our babies lives, really that's what life's all about."

With 3.8 billion dollars raised since it's inception in 1983. The Children's Miracle Network makes a huge difference in the lives of our sick keiki. Reporting from the ACE Shootout benefiting Children's Miracle Network I'm Malika Dudley for Hawaii News Now.

For more information on the Children's Miracle Network click HERE for a link to their website.

For a link to Miracle Caddie Raquel Taniguchi's story click HERE.

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