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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — A group of NFL legends and sports icons are picking up golf clubs to raise money for HBCU students all across the country. The 100 Black Men of America’s third annual celebrity golf tournament tees off in Peachtree City, Georgia on Monday. 
The event is hosted by Super Bowl MVP and Washington legend Doug Williams. We spoke with him about why the tournament is important.  
“When I was being recruited as a football player, as a quarterback, I wasn’t recruited at the Power 5 schools, or any of the schools in the south — the SEC or SWC — they didn’t let us play quarterback back then. It wasn’t about sports, it was about education,” Williams said. “Back in the day, you couldn’t go to those schools. They had to have somewhere to go. That’s when HBCUs started sprouting up. Even to this day,  you don’t expect every kid to go to a Power 5 school. When they go to an HBCU, it’s a lot better situation for them. You’re dealing with someone who cares about them, and wants them to get what everybody else gets in America.”
It’s the third year of the tournament. This year, it supports the The Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Scholarship Fund
Walter Kirkland, from 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County, called the event significant. 
“Believe it or not, we have raised $250,000 over the last several years. This year, we are giving another $50,000 thanks to the likes of Doug Williams and other folks. It’s so significant because I think we sleep on HBCUs. Look at Deion Sanders, look at Doug Williams. This is so critical. I really think we got to keep this thing going,” Kirkland said.
For more information about the 100 Black Men of America and the work being done by the organization, click here
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