FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 25th, 2021
MICHAEL STRAHAN JOINS AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD, COMPETING IN CELEBRITY GOLF’S PRE-EMINENT COMPETITION IN LAKE TAHOE, JULY 9-11
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev., June 25, 2021 – Two-time Emmy winner and Super Bowl champion Michael Strahan will make his inaugural appearance with athletes and entertainers at the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, televised on NBC and taking place July 9-11 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Strahan currently co-hosts ABC’s “Good Morning America,” serves as an analyst for “FOX NFL Sunday,” hosts ABC’s primetime game show favorite “$100,000 Pyramid,” and has two apparel lines, MSX and COLLECTION by MICHAEL STRAHAN.
Prior to joining the ranks of the top sports broadcasters in the country, Strahan had a spectacular NFL career that resulted in him being named to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. After he retired from the NFL, Strahan co-founded SMAC Entertainment, a multi-dimensional talent management, music, branding and production company which has created a major presence in the sports and entertainment arena. In 2015, Strahan introduced COLLECTION by MICHAEL STRAHAN, a men’s and boys’ tailored, denim, accessories, luggage and shoe line. In 2017, he expanded his brand further with MSX by Michael Strahan, a men’s and boys’ line that offers athleisure and workleisure. Going back to his roots, in 2020 he teamed up with The NFL and G-III Apparel to create MSX by Michael Strahan for NFL, a licensed apparel line for all 32 NFL teams. The Strahan lifestyle brand continues to grow with additional styles and categories with new retail partnerships such as Men’s Wearhouse and Moores Clothing for Men.
Strahan also has released his best-selling book, “Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life,” which includes personal stories and motivational advice. Dedicated to many charitable works, Strahan donates his hands and heart to numerous charities including The USO, HELP USA and Merging Vets and Players.
He will be part of the tournament’s best-ever field alongside Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Charles Barkley and a lineup that represents 16 Hall of Famers, 13 Most Valuable Players, and 15 Cy Young Award winners. With Timberlake, Ray Romano and other entertainment celebrities, the field also represents multiple Emmy and Grammy Awards.
The tournament will be televised live on NBC and NBCSN with GOLF Channel surrounding tournament coverage with interviews and insights throughout the week. Tickets are available online and in advance only at www.AmericanCenturyChampionship.com. Multiple precautions will be in place to ensure the health and safety for all participants as a limited number of fans return to enjoy the action.
The American Century Championship in scenic Lake Tahoe features a purse of $600,000 and charity fundraising components that have produced over $5.5 million for non-profits over the years. A first-place purse of $125,000 awaits the winner. The tournament takes place at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, a George and Tom Fazio design that has been rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of “America’s Top 100 Golf Courses.”
The battle for the 2021 title is slated to include standout golfers like two-time champion Tony Romo, three-time champion Mark Mulder, PGA TOUR Champions exemption competitor John Smoltz, and defending champion Mardy Fish, the U.S. Davis Cup Captain. Also in the field and expected to contend for the title is World Golf and LPGA Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam, back competing at the age of 50. Newcomers to the tournament include Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, two-time New York Giants Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck and former New York Yankees star pitcher CC Sabathia.
Active players Larry Fitzgerald, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kyle Fuller, Robbie Gould, Travis Kelce, Patrick Peterson, Golden Tate and Adam Thielen all use the event as a final respite before the opening of NFL training camps each year.
In addition to Sorenstam, the field also includes three additional women competitors, including NBC News and TODAY Show meteorologist Dylan Dreyer, NBC Sports anchor and on-air personality Kathryn Tappen and GOLF Channel on-air commentator Kira K. Dixon, 2015’s Miss America.
The 2021 American Century Championship will utilize the Modified Stableford format whereby points are awarded as follows: 10 for a double eagle, 8 for a hole in one, 3 for a birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey, and minus 2 for double bogey.
American Century Investments, the title sponsor of the championship since 1998, continues its role in partnership with NBC Sports, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and the South Tahoe community.
For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, conditions and events in Tahoe South, The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TahoeSouth, Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TahoeSouth, YouTube: www.youtube.com/LTVA, Instagram: www.instagram.com/tahoesouth and use #TahoeSouth to share posts. For Tahoe South information: 1-800-288-2463, www.tahoesouth.com; check out Know Before You Go, and Responsible Recreation.
About American Century Investments – Tournament Title Sponsor
American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, American Century Investments’ 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Frankfurt; Hong Kong; Sydney; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang serves as chief investment officer. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of $1.7 billion since 2000. For more information about American Century Investments, visit www.americancentury.com.
About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Lake Tahoe was recently designated No. 24 in the World Top 100 Golf Destinations for the best combination of experiences: spectacular golf, dining, attractions, resorts, culture and more by GolfPass. Tahoe South combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. Tahoe’s timeless splendor and diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation, packages, and healthy travel at Tahoe South, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto www.TahoeSouth.com.