Johnny Holliday Scholarship Classic benefits at risk youths

Johnny Holliday, the voice of Maryland athletics, and the Youth Leadership Foundation (YLF) have teamed up for more than 10 years to host the annual Johnny Holliday Scholarship Classic.

The golf tournament has raised more than $1 million over the years to helpsome 3,000 youths in the Washington metro area receive personal mentoring from more than 250 college-aged men and women through YLF's summer programs.

This year's golf tournament, which will be held June 6 at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park, Md., will recognize legendary DeMatha basketball coach Morgan Wootten as its 2016 community champion honoree.

Wootten's hall of fame career speaks to his personification of commitment to the community and devotion to the betterment of society. Past recipients of the award include Kevin Plank, Leon Harris, Thomas Manger, the Lerner Family and Gary Williams.

Proceeds from the tournament also offer financial assistance to merit-worthy YLF students so they can attend private elementary and high schools.

The tournament helps change the lives of young men and women who graduate from YLF into Catholic high schools. One such young man is Anderson Hall. Born and raised in Washington, Hall attended the YLF summer program every summer from fifth through eighth grade. He attended DeMatha High School and is now attending Virginia State University in Petersburg, where he will graduate with a bachelor's degree in computer science. Hall continues to serve as a mentor at YLF summer programs.

How to help

Go to helpingkids.org or call 202/363-4022.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016