Javier Calon Joins Incredible Field for Celebrity Golf Championships

(South Shore, Lake Tahoe, NV —July 11, 2011) –Singing sensation Javier Colon, the widely-acclaimed winner of NBC’s smash hit program The Voice, will compete in The American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament this week alongside sports and entertainment stars in Lake Tahoe. As part of Harveys Outdoor Concert Series and the tournament’s entertainment lineup, Colon will open for Darius Rucker Saturday night.
The 33 year-old sensation will join top-tier celebrities like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Elway, Ray Romano, Jason Kidd, Aaron Rogers, Marshall Faulk, Tony Romo, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, plus first-time players Jimmer Fredette, Tim Tebow and Andy Pettitte.
Along with Romano, other entertainment stars entered in the tournament include Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, 24, Major League), John O’Hurley (Seinfeld & Family Feud), Brian Baumgartner (The Office), Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement), Kevin Nealon (Weeds), Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Joe Don Rooney (Lead guitarist of Rascal Flatts).
After golfing before live galleries and on live national TV in the golf tournament, Colon will open for Darius Rucker, former lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, Saturday night as part of Harveys Outdoor Concert Series and the tournament’s entertainment lineup. Harrah’s and Harveys are the tournament’s host hotels.
Colon, a native of Stratford, CT, emerged as an unquestioned star during The Voice (www.nbc.com/the-voice), which drew popular, primetime ratings on NBC this spring. Coached by Adam Levine, lead singer of the pop/rock band Maroon 5, Colon won after weeks of competition that culminated in a vote by viewers as well as the panel of celebrity coaches that included Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo, Blake Shelton and Levine. The soulful pop singer received a grand prize of $100,000 as well as a contract with Universal Republic recordings.
Colon is set to begin a national tour July 27th in Los Angeles with The Voice’s top eight artists as part of the Sprint Presents “The Voice Live on Tour”.
This will be Colon’s inaugural appearance in the $600,000 celebrity golf tournament, which has a first place prize of $125,000. The 22nd annual American Century Championship airs on VERSUS Friday, July 15 (1-4 p.m. PT, live) and on NBC Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17(12-3 p.m. PT, live). The 54-hole competition is staged at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Tournament title sponsor American Century Investments is a leading, privately-controlled investment management firm serving professionals, institutions, corporations and individuals. Through its ownership structure, more than 40% of company profits support research to help find cures for genetically-based diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia.
For the sixth consecutive year, the official tournament charity is LIVESTRONG®. Since the tournament’s inception in 1990, more than $3 million has been raised for a variety of national and local charities.
Further information on the tournament can be found at www.tahoecelebritygolf.com.


Jared Allen NFL All Pro DE
Marcus Allen NFL Hall of Fame RB
Ray Allen NBA All-Star: Boston Celtics
Anthony Anderson Actor: Law & Order
Ronde Barber NFL All Pro CB
Charles Barkley Former NBA All-Star
Shane Battier NBA Forward: Memphis Grizzlies
Brian Baumgartner Actor: The Office
Jerome Bettis Former NFL All-Pro RB
Martin Brodeur NHL All-Star G: New Jersey Devils
Tim Brown Former NFL All-Pro WR
Joe Carter Former MLB All-Star OF
Matt Cassel NFL Pro-Bowl QB: Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Chandler Former NFL All-Pro QB
Vince Coleman Former MLB All-Star OF
Javier Colon Winner of The Voice
Mason Crosby NFL K: Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers
Vinny Del Negro Former NBA G
Jack Del Rio NFL Head Coach: Jacksonville Jaguars
Trent Dilfer Former NFL All-Pro QB
Herm Edwards Former NFL Head Coach
John Elway NFL Hall of Fame QB
Mike Eruzione Captain, 1980 US Hockey Team
Marshall Faulk NFL Hall of Fame RB: Class of 2011
Jimmer Fredette 2011 College Basketball Player of the Year
Grant Fuhr Former NHL All-Star
Goose Gossage MLB Hall of Fame P
Robbie Gould NFL All-Pro K: Chicago Bears
Trent Green Former NFL Pro-Bowl QB
Todd Haley NFL Head Coach: Kansas City Chiefs
Anfernee Hardaway Former NBA All-Star
AJ Hawk NFL LB: Green Bay Packers
Dennis Haysbert Actor: The Unit, 24, Major League
Oliver Hudson Actor: Rules of Engagement
Brett Hull Former NHL All-Star
Lou Holtz Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach
Dan Jansen Former Gold Medal Speed Skater
Dale Jarrett NASCAR Driver
Michael Jordan NBA Legend
Jason Kidd NBA All-Star: Dallas Mavericks
Kenny Lofton Former MLB All-Star OF
Greg Maddux Former MLB All-Star P
Fred McGriff Former MLB All-Star
Jim McMahon Former NFL Pro Bowl QB
Bode Miller Gold Medal Winning Skier
Mike Modano NHL All-Star
Jamie Moyer MLB All-Star P
Mark Mulder Former MLB All-Star P
Kevin Nealon Actor: SNL, Weeds
John O’Hurley Actor/Host: Seinfeld, Family Feud
Carson Palmer NFL All-Pro QB: Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Pettitte Former MLB All-Star P
Digger Phelps ESPN Analyst, Former Notre Dame Basketball Coach
Stone Phillips Former Dateline Anchor
Joey Porter NFL All-Pro LB: Arizona Cardinals
Dan Quayle Former U.S Vice President
Dan Quinn Former NHL C
Rick Rhoden Former MLB All-Star P
Alfonso Ribeiro Actor: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Jerry Rice NFL Hall of Fame WR
Aaron Rodgers NFL Super Bowl MVP QB: Green Bay Packers
Jeremy Roenick Former NHL All-Star
Ray Romano Actor: Everybody Loves Raymond
Tony Romo NFL Pro Bowl QB
Joe Don Rooney Member of Rascal Flatts
Matt Ryan NFL Pro Bowl QB: Atlanta Falcons
Mark Rypien Former NFL All-Pro QB
Bret Saberhagen Former MLB Pitcher/World Series MVP
Joe Sakic Former NHL All-Star
Matt Schaub NFL All-Pro QB: Houston Texans
Mike Shanahan NFL Head Coach: Washington Redskins
Sterling Sharpe Former NFL All-Pro WR
Emmitt Smith NFL Hall of Fame RB: Dallas Cowboys
Ozzie Smith MLB Hall of Fame SS
John Smoltz Former MLB All-Star P
Steve Spurrier Head Football Coach: Univ. of South Carolina
Tim Tebow NFL QB: Denver Broncos
Vinny Testaverde Former NFL Pro-Bowl QB
Joe Theismann Former NFL All-Pro QB
Billy Joe Tolliver Former NFL QB
Jack Wagner Actor: Melrose Place
Wes Welker NFL Pro Bowl WR: New England Patriots
David Wells Former MLB All-Star P
Ken Whisenhunt NFL Head Coach: Arizona Cardinals
Deron Williams NBA All-Star: New Jersey Nets