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Jeter Golf Classic raises $1 million for Turn 2 Foundation

1:21 AM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, FL-- The 10th annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic raised over $1 million for Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

More than 25 celebrities joined Derek Jeter at Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa for golf and dinner on a brisk, chilly day.  Jeter is recovering from surgery for a broken ankle, so he joined the players on the 18th putting green.

One of the topics of conversation among the players was the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah Winfrey, and his confession that he used performance enhancing drugs to win seven straight Tour de France races.

Joe Torre told 10 News it's difficult for young people to follow the right road in life when prominant athletes like Armstrong, who are looked up to, admit cheating. And he used his former shortstop, Derek Jeter, as an example of the exact opposite type of athlete. 

"First of all, we're talking about Derek Jeter," said Joe Torre. "He's the perfect example of how to handle the public life, the success, the setbacks. He's been a class act the whole time."

"First of all, people make mistakes in any walk of life," Jeter told 10 News. "Whether it's an athlete or not ... you've got to learn from that. I've always tried to learn from other's mistakes, whether good or bad. People look at role models and try to copy the good things that people do, but you also have to look at the bad, and try and stay away from that."

Among the celebrities at the event were actor Kevin Connolly, former major leaguers Tino Martinez, Cecil Fielder, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Fred McGriff, Gary Sheffield, Eddie Murray, and LPGA star Brittany Lincicome.

 

 

 

 

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