Those looking for a chance to catch some of the San Diego Chargers out in public before the start of the NFL season can head over to Poway’s Maderas Golf Club on Monday.
Running back Ryan Mathews will be hosting his inaugural charity golf tournament with 20 of his teammates and members of the public who have registered to play the 18-hole event.
Registration is open through Sunday at RyanMathewsGolfTournament.org. Cost is $800 for a team of four, $1,000 for a team of four plus a Chargers player and individual play is $225.
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is hosting a charity golf tournament at Poway’s Maderas Golf Club on Monday. Photo courtesy of San Diego Chargers
The cost for spectators is a $20 donation (children under 10 are free). All proceeds from the tournament will benefit The Trish & Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and Strikes 4 Kids.
“Maderas has helped raise $3 million in each of the past several years to benefit local charities and foundations,” Maderas general manager Bill O’Brien wrote in an email. “Partnering with Ryan Mathews continues this long tradition of supporting our community.”
Mathews and his mother, Trish, have been very active in the San Diego community since he was drafted in 2010. The Trish & Ryan Mathews Door of Hope Chest helps assist homeless mothers.
“I know first-hand what these moms endure because my mother and I were homeless for a short time when I was little,” said Mathews, according to a press release issued by Strikes 4 Kids CEO Joe Allen. “I wouldn’t have the life I have now if it wasn’t for my mom getting a helping hand and then doing everything she could to support me, even working three jobs.”
Strikes 4 Kids is a nonprofit organization that strives “to enrich the lives of the youth in each city where they coordinate events.” The organization is based in Sacramento and has hosted several charity events for NFL players around the country. This will be their first ever in San Diego.
“We’re honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Mr. Mathews to coordinate his charity golf tournament,” Allen said.
Registration, photos and breakfast for the players starts at 11 a.m. The golfing portion of the day will start at 12:30 p.m.
By Michael Bower