It’s a good time to ditch work and start the Independence Day weekend early by attending the third annual Chris Paul Foundation Golf Classic at English Turn Country Club on Friday, July 1. You can watch lots of sports stars swing their clubs — and the proceeds go to a good cause. Registration is 8:30 a.m., tee time is 10 a.m. and the awards ceremony starts at 3 p.m.
Hornets star point guard Chris Paul, a four-time NBA All-Star and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, sponsors the golf tournament as a fundraiser for Paul’s CP3 Foundation, which provides scholarships, food and other essentials to underserved communities in New Orleans and Winston-Salem, N.C. The foundation also manages the CP3 Afterschool Zone in New Orleans, an afterschool program that provides activities for children in Central City and promotes physical fitness for young people.
The golf tournament features Hornets guard Jarrett Jack, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, New York Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups, retired center Walt Bellamy, Saints defensive back Leigh Torrence, Law & Order actor Anthony Anderson, Saints running back Mark Ingram Jr., and other competitors who will play in teams of four. The competition ends with an awards program and raffle of prizes including a steak dinner with Paul and a cruise.