Utah celebrities tee off to help save children

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LEHI, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A long list of former professional athletes and local celebrities gathered at the Thanksgiving Point Golf Course in Lehi on Tuesday for a great cause.

Rallied together by Major League Baseball All-Star and BYU legend Wally Joyner, the goal was to help raise funds for children battling life-threatening illnesses.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play Major League Baseball. I’ve had a great life and throughout that I have enjoyed giving back. It’s very worthwhile to see results, to help those that are less fortunate. If we can make a difference in their life, it’s meaningful,” said Joyner, who is now working as the Vice President of Strategic Development for Onset Financial.  

Onset Financial has a philanthropic division called “Onset Gives” that works with different charities in the community. Proceeds from Tuesday’s event will go to Hope Kids, a foundation to support families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition.

“It’s a very sensitive issue for us. We’ve had some employees in our company who have had children who have suffered unfortunate illnesses. It’s something that our entire company has rallied around. We absolutely love the cause. Everyone we work with is excited about hope kids,” Justin Nielsen, CEO and Founder of Onset Financial told Good4Utah’s Brittany Johnson.

When Joyner and Nielsen enlisted the call for help, there was no hesitation amongst their celebrity friends.

“You can’t go wrong helping support something like this,” Ron Boone, Utah Jazz Broadcaster said.

“[Kids are] going through terrible issues and problems and it’s a way to help their families deal with and get through these problems,” said Super Bowl Champion Chad Lewis.

“I know in my life when I’ve found my greatest joy is when I’ve been able to help other people,” added Scott Mitchell, Former NFL Quarterback and now Co-Host of ABC4 Utah’s Real Sports Live. “Unfortunately there’s a lot of pain and suffering in our world today and I think by helping we unite one another, we’re a better society so I’m all for that.”

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