Athletes against Drugs Showcases Role Models in the World of Sports

By Chase, John | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 27, 1998 | Go to article overview

Athletes against Drugs Showcases Role Models in the World of Sports


Chase, John, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: John Chase Daily Herald Staff Writer

In his prime, Ed "Too Tall" Jones was known as a big hitter.

The former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman struck fear in those lined up on the other side of the ball just seconds before he plowed them over on his way to the quarterback.

But these days for Jones, who will be participating at a celebrity golf tournament Monday near Wheaton, big hitting takes on a different connotation.

For the sixth year in a row, about 40 sports celebrities like Jones and basketball greats Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Isiah Thomas will make their way to the Cantigny Golf and Tennis Club for the Athletes Against Drugs golf challenge.

The event, expected to raise up to $100,000 for the organization, is one of the biggest celebrity golf outings in the Western suburbs.

Not only does it bring in local names, such as former White Sox third baseman Eric Soderholm and former Chicago Bulls forward Scott Williams, but also well-known national sports stars, said Athletes Against Drugs managing director Andre Lanier.

"We try to get a good mix of guys and girls," he said. "Everything from Olympic gold medal winners to football heroes to sisters of pro golfers."

The latter, Tina Mickelson, sister of pro golfer Phil Mickelson, is one of several women in the event, along with Dionna Harris, an Olympic gold medalist in softball, and Melissa Orth, a world record power lifter. …

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