Steven Adams was a Kiwi kid that benefitted from some help on the way through to the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since his rookie season Adams has been introducing a whole new generation of Kiwi kids to the fun, athleticism and healthy competitive spirit of basketball, and this year he's looking to do it with a game of golf.
The Steven Adams Invitational is a Celebrity-Amateur event to be staged at New Zealand's exciting new course, Windross Farm Golf Club in Auckland on September 1. Adams stages his event at the same venue that will also see Lydia Ko play against the best female golfers in the world just a few weeks later.
The Steven Adams Invitational is a charity tournament with the aim of raising funds for the Sports Pathways Trust to assist with its work of promoting junior basketball in New Zealand. Funds raised will help with the trust's mission of developing young student athletes in New Zealand.
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"I'm looking forward to hosting my own tournament at Windross Farm. It's going to be great fun teeing it up with some of New Zealand's sporting stars. I've asked Lydia for a few tips with my swing so I'm ready on September 1," said Steven.
The Celebrity-Amateur event sees Adams invite 18 celebrities to participate in his tournament. The celebrities will team up with some of the New Zealand's most generous private & corporate golfers to help get Kiwi kids playing the game that Adams loves.
Beauden Barrett, Israel Dagg, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Eric Murray, Mahe Drysdale, Awen Guttenbeil and Christian Cullen are amongst those who have accepted Adams' invitation to play.