DEREK Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation announced it will host the highly-anticipated Derek Jeter Invitational (DJI) in partnership with Baha Mar – The Bahamas’ luxury resort destination – May 11-14.
Dozens of celebrities and athletes will join the Baseball Hall of Famer for three days of competitive golf at Baha Mar’s Jack Nicklaus signature design Royal Blue Golf Course, as well as special events held throughout the resort, benefitting Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and its programmes serving youth.
Some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment will attend this year’s golf tournament, including: Tiki Barber, Derrick Brooks, Nate Burleson, Kevin Connolly, Victor Cruz, Kevin Dillon, D-Nice, Joey Fatone, Jerry Ferrara, Cliff Floyd, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Rob Gronkowski, Natalie Gulbis, Reggie Jackson, Andruw Jones, Angie Martinez, Tino Martinez, Booger McFarland, Fred McGriff, Charles Oakley, Chandler Parsons, Jorge Posada, Busta Rhymes, Rob Riggle, CC Sabathia, Ramon Sessions, J.R. Smith, Paige Spiranac, John Starks, Michael Strahan, Tanyon Sturtze, Nick Swisher, Heidi Watney and Deron Williams.
“Each day we continue to witness incredible growth in the youth we serve, as they give back to their communities, serve as leaders to those around them, and pursue bright futures. This year’s event will enable us to strengthen Turn 2’s programmes, further our mission, give back to youth in The Bahamas and ultimately, open doors for so many more young people,” said Derek Jeter.
“We are grateful to Baha Mar for partnering with us to present this amazing event, and to our friends and supporters for joining us.”
The 2023 DJI kicks off Thursday, May 11, with a welcome reception at Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House featuring music by legendary, award-winning artist, DJ, and philanthropist D-Nice.
The two-round celebrity-amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will begin Friday, May 12, at the 18-hole Royal Blue Golf Course followed by a competitive celebrity shootout.
The tournament will continue Saturday, May 13, and the spectacular DJI Gala will take place that evening at The Grand Hyatt Convention Center – complete with a star-studded red carpet and live musical performance by GRAMMY-nominated rapper, singer, musician, record producer, record executive, and actor Busta Rhymes.
The festivities will conclude Sunday, May 14, with a celebrity round of golf at Royal Blue.
As part of its partnership with Baha Mar, The Turn 2 Foundation will contribute to the local community in The Bahamas by donating $50,000 to the Baha Mar Resort Foundation.
Since its opening in 2017, Baha Mar has supported a wide array of causes pertaining to community, culture and conservation throughout The Bahamas.
“We are thrilled that the Derek Jeter Invitational has returned to Baha Mar for the second year in a row,” said Graeme Davis, president at Baha Mar.
“We are proud to support this important tournament and continue our commitment to two deserving charitable organisations whose mission is to inspire positive change. We are thankful for the Turn 2 Foundation’s generous donation to the Baha Mar Resort Foundation and will utilise the funds to expand on our projects and investments within the Bahamian community.”
Proceeds from the DJI will support The Turn 2 Foundation’s programmes, which empower youth to rise above negative influences, strengthen their leadership skills, create positive change, and achieve their full potential.
Since launching in Las Vegas in 2015 and marking its inaugural celebration at Baha Mar in 2022, the event has contributed more than $7 million to Turn 2.
Previous guests have included stars such as Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Russell Wilson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Tyler Cameron, Jorge Posada, Rob Riggle, Bode Miller, Brandi Chastain, Tino Martinez, Miles Teller, Brian Baumgartner, Joey Fatone, Benjamin Bratt, Frankie Muniz, Haley Joel Osment, Paige Spiranac, Blair O’Neal and Jerome Bettis, among others, along with past performances by Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo, T.I., Ludacris, Miguel and Flo Rida.
Derek Jeter established The Turn 2 Foundation during his rookie year with the New York Yankees in 1996. Since its launch, Turn 2 has worked to help young people reach their full potential by creating and supporting initiatives that promote leadership development, academic achievement, positive behaviour, healthy lifestyles and social change.