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Mohegan Sun hosts golf event

28 May 2007

UNCASVILLE, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) --The 2007 Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic comes out swinging with new dates, new course and a new line-up of stars as New England's premier celebrity tournament returns to Connecticut, August 23rd-26th, 2007.

NFL All-Pro and Emmy award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad hosts the 3rd annual Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic with more than fifty stars of sports and entertainment participating. The event includes celebrity pro am day for sponsors, special charity event and Celebrity Team Competition open to the public.

"Together with Ahmad Rashad we're committed to creating a world class celebrity golf event that brings together many of the best celebrity players in golf," said Mitchell Etess, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mohegan Sun. "We welcome back our great host Ahmad Rashad to the Mohegan Sun family."

The Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic is the premier celebrity golf tournament in New England, and will be played at new Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug in nearby Baltic, Connecticut, less than 15 minutes from Mohegan Sun. The event features a week of great golf, charity and community events including a private charity concert.

"It's all about doing it right and building an all-star event that works for the players, the fans and the State of Connecticut," said Rashad. "I am an alumni of the Boys & Girls Club, so I'm excited to announce their involvement as our official charity this year. It is especially significant because the Boys & Girls Clubs were actually founded in Hartford."

"The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford is thrilled to team up with Ahmad Rashad and Mohegan Sun," said Kenneth Darden, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford.

Founded in 1860, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford (BGCH) has become one of the premier providers of youth development programs and services in the City of Hartford. Currently, BGCH serves over 8,000 children from nine locations in the City of Hartford and one (the Connecticut Juvenile Training School) in Middletown, CT. BGCH provides much needed services to at-risk children ages 6 to 18 and their families. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, an affiliate organization of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is also the birthplace of the Boys & Girls Clubs national movement.

"We believe the most important work being done in America today is done at local Clubs like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford," said Frank Sanchez, Vice President, Corporate & Partners Relations , Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "This is why we support the positive work of the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic."

Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic also announced its first celebrity player commitments-baseball hall of famer Rollie Fingers, Olympic champions Mike Eruzione and Dan Jansen, basketball hall of famer George "The Iceman" Gervin, NFL great Jim McMahon, UCONN basketball legend and Boston Celtics TV Analyst Donny Marshall, New York Yankees legend "Goose" Gossage, New Yorks Mets legend Gary Carter and major league baseball all-stars Gorman Thomas and Doug Flynn. More than 50 stars from sports and entertainment are expected to compete in the 2007 event.

Last year, former Major League Baseball all-star Vince Coleman and tournament host Ahmad Rashad teamed up to win the 2006 Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic on the third play-off hole.

Since its inception, the Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Classic has raised more than $400,000 for charity and attracted dozens of stars from entertainment and sports including Academy Award nominee Bill Murray, Academy Award winner Joe Pesci, football hall of famers Lawrence Taylor and Marcus Allen, baseball hall of famer Johnny Bench, basketball hall of famers John Havlicek, Charles Barkley and Julius Irving (Dr. J), Olympic Champions Mike Eruzione and Dan Jansen, New York Yankees legend "Goose" Gossage and recording stars The Gatlin Brothers.

Limited spots are available for the celebrity pro-am on Friday, August 24. Every pro-am foursome features a celebrity. Spectator tickets for The Ahmad Rashad Celebrity Team Championship on August 26 will be announced. For VIP Players Spots in the Celebrity Pro-Am and sponsorships, please call 860.674.5224.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.

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