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WC holding 17th annual Kirk Mee/NFL Golf Outing

April 25, 2013

Former Washington Redskins great Mark Moseley (right) chats with Bengals legend Jim Breech at last year's Wilmington College/Kirk Mee NFL Celebrity Golf Tournament. Moseley was the NFL's most valuable player as a placekicker in 1982, while Breech is the team's all-time leading scorer. (Wilmington photo/Randy Sarvis)

Former Washington Redskins great Mark Moseley (right) chats with Bengals legend Jim Breech at last year's Wilmington College/Kirk Mee NFL Celebrity Golf Tournament. Moseley was the NFL's most valuable player as a placekicker in 1982, while Breech is the team's all-time leading scorer. (Wilmington photo/Randy Sarvis)

The Cincinnati Bengals spent 29 summers at Wilmington College from 1968 to 1996. Many of the team’s alumni return to Wilmington each spring to play another game — golf.

The College’s Athletics Department is holding the 17th annual Wilmington College/Kirk Mee NFL Celebrity Golf Tournament May 17 at Snow Hill Country Club.

The event, which is a fundraiser in support of WC’s intercollegiate athletics program, provides an opportunity for persons and organizations to sponsor teams, play with prominent sports heroes from the past and enjoy the camaraderie inherent in athletics.

Last year’s event drew 10 Bengals and a host of other retired players. Some of Cincinnati’s all-time greats — Jim Breech, David Fulcher, Pete Johnson, Ickey Woods and Doug Pelfrey to name a few — returned to Wilmington in 2012, along with such other NFL legends as Ken Houston and Mark Moseley.

The golf outing has drawn 16 Pro Football Hall of Fame players since its inception in 1998, including Anthony Munoz, Paul Warfield, Dante Lavelli and Leroy Kelly.

Kirk Mee III is a 1961 Wilmington College graduate whose football career included being named NAIA Ohio Football Coach of the Year, serving as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin and working as a player personnel talent scout for Vince Lombardi’s Washington Redskins.

Mee’s influence and close connections with the fraternity of pro football alumni secured the initial groups of sports celebrities to the Wilmington tournament. Shortly thereafter, many retired players requested they be invited back to what has become one of their favorite annual golf outings.

Hole sponsorships are still available for the 2013 tournament. The $1,400 sponsorship ($1,000 of which is tax deductible) includes a team of four players, brunch, reception and a steak dinner. It also entitles participants to gift packages, a chance for prizes and a hole sponsor’s sign.

An NFL celebrity or other sports star, like Cincinnati basketball great George Wilson or Olympic track and field medalist Butch Reynolds, plays with each team.

More information is available by contacting Steve Spirk, director of athletics development at WC at (937) 382- 6661 ext. 262.