Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians brought life to Eatonton on Tuesday and Wednesday. What is normally a quiet course, Reynolds Plantation was filled with side conversations, golf carts and golf balls and plenty of them.
Former Georgia quarterback and current Kansas City Chiefs backup Aaron Murray said he brought a lot of golf balls with him to ensure he had enough for his round.
The Arians Family Foundation hosted its annual golf classic Wednesday morning. Including Arians, celebrities from all platforms traveled to Georgia for the charity event. Comedian and actor Chris Tucker was there, along with both Murray brothers, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez and former NFL head coach Sam Wyche, to name a few.
“We have a lot of celebrities out here,” Arians said. “We had a fundraiser (Tuesday) night and (Wednesday), we want to have a good time on the course.”
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The foundation, started in 2013, aims to aid children who are involved with the court because of neglect or abuse in their family. The foundation’s motto is, “A voice for children.”
Tucker was excited to be able to come out and support Arians. He met Arians through mutual friends. After reading up on the foundation and learning all of the positives that come from it, Tucker decided to attend. He has a family home in Georgia, and because of the proximity, he was able to make it down to the golf event.
Smart, also has a personal relationship with Arians. He has known Arians since his year in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.
“It’s a great cause,” Smart said. “The organization is something I believe in ... any chance you get to go out, publicize and give back, you obviously like to do that.”
In addition for the good cause, Smart use the event as a chance to spend time with his family and relax some before the brunt of the season kicks in.
Another coach who is getting some down time ahead of his season is Rodriguez. He knows Arians well and has been involved with the organization since he has known about it.
“What they have done with the foundation (and) charity is phenomenal,” Rodriguez said.