Mar 21, 2024

2024 Driving Impact Celebrity Golf Roster Announced

The third annual Driving Impact Celebrity Golf Classic presented by AdventHealth takes place Monday, April 8 at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Take a look below at the full celebrity lineup for Monday’s outing.

Maurice Allen

Allen, a multi-sport athlete while at Maynard Evans High School in Pine Hills, Florida, began competing in Long Drive competitions at the age of 28 and has since become one of the best strikers of the long ball in the world. Early in his career, he set a Guinness World Record for the fastest ball speed at 211 miles per hour. In 2015 and 2016, Allen joined the European Long Drive Tour, winning numerous events, which led to a move to the Long Drive Tour, where in 2017 he reached a number one ranking. That same year, he won multiple LDT events and finished as Tour Champion. In 2018, Allen won the prestigious Volvik World Long Driving Championship with a 393-yard drive in the final. A year later, he became the first person to drive a ball over Niagara Falls. With a peak swing speed of 162 mph and ball speed of 228 mph, Allen’s longest competition drive traveled a staggering 483 yards. A dedicated contributor to the game of golf, Allen is Ambassador for Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association, First Tee, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Nick Anderson

Anderson, the first-ever draft pick by the Orlando Magic in 1989, joined a new franchise after an All-Big Ten career at the University of Illinois. Leading the Magic in scoring in 1991-92 and dropping 50 points against the New Jersey Nets in 1993, Anderson helped an upstart team work its way to the top in less than five seasons, culminating in the 1994-95 season when the Magic had the best record in the Eastern Conference. Anderson led the Magic in 3-pointers (179) and averaged 15.9 points per game during that season. His steal on Michael Jordan in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals led to the game-winning basket, and the Magic run continued to the NBA Finals. Anderson was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 and has since worked for the Magic in community relations as well as a commentator with Fox Sports.

Reidel Anthony

Born in Pahokee, Florida, Anthony attended Glades Central High School before launching his career at the University of Florida. In each of his three seasons at Florida, the Gators won the SEC Championship and won the National Championship in 1996 following a victory over rival Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. During Anthony’s junior season in 1996, he had 73 receptions for an SEC-leading 1,293 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns, a U of F record and an SEC record until 2019. The First Team All-SEC and Consensus All-American was taken in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his rookie season, he caught 35 passes for 448 yards and 4 touchdowns and became the second-youngest NFL player (20 years, 336 days) to record a receiving touchdown. The next season, Anthony had career highs with 51 receptions for 708 yards and 7 touchdowns as well as 1,118 return yards, finishing eighth in the NFL in all-purpose yards with 1,869. After retiring from the game after five seasons, Anthony coached at his alma mater and was a contributing writer to as well as Director of Athlete Relations at Performance Compound, LLC. He’s currently Founder and CEO of YnotMeConsulting, working with young athletes. Anthony was inducted into the U of F Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong, a former professional road cyclist, is the founder of the Livestrong Foundation, which helps support cancer survivors. The creation of Livestrong came after Armstong survived stage three testicular cancer in 1997 and wanted to connect with those who had been affected the same way he had been. Now, Armstrong is a motivational speaker and author, who shares his journey through life and how his circumstances have changed the way he views the outcome. He continued to raise money towards cancer research through his participation in charity rides, the NYC Marathon, and the Boston Marathon. Armstrong hosts multiple podcasts where he shares his knowledge, thoughts, and opinions on a variety of topics, featuring well known guests. He is also the creator of WEDŪ, a community-based initiative centered around the journey of athletes.

Chucky Atkins

A hometown basketball star from Orlando, Atkins played eleven seasons in the NBA, averaging 9.9 points per game and 3.4 assists per game over 696 regular season games. While at the University of South Florida, he set a school record for three-point attempts (674) and ranked second in made three-point attempts (244). His 1,619 points ranks sixth all-time. After going undrafted, Atkins played a season in the CBA before venturing overseas, connecting with Cibona Zagreb, where he won three-straight Croatian League titles and one Croatian Cup. Returning to the states, he joined the Orlando Magic in 1999 and played in all 82 games, averaging 9.5 points per game and 3.7 assists per game, earning Second Team NBA All-Rookie honors. He spent the next four seasons with the Detroit Pistons, playing nearly every game and averaging over 12 points per game during his first two seasons. In 2005-06, while with the Lakers, Atkins put up career highs with 13.6 points per game and 35.4 minutes per game, playing in every game. Following a resurgence in 2006-07 with Memphis, posutting up near career highs in points and assists, he finished his career with stints in Denver and Oklahoma City before returning to Detroit in 2009-10. Atkins had his No. 12 jersey retired at South Florida in 2001 and was inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Gabe Davis

Born in Fernandina Beach, Davis played high school football at Seminole High School in Sanford, where he was named Florida Class 8A First Team All-State. The Florida native went on to play wide receiver at UCF from 2017-19 before entering the NFL Draft after his junior season. He finished his UCF Knights career with the second-most touchdown receptions (23) in program history. “Big Game Gabe” was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and went on to catch 163 passes for 2,730 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four seasons with the franchise. In the 2021 Divisional Round, he set an NFL record with four receiving touchdowns in a single postseason game. In March 2024, Davis returned to the Sunshine State signing a three-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Chris Doering

Hailing from Gainesville, Doering went from being a walk-on at the University of Florida to one of the school’s best-ever receivers. He finished among the top ten in career receptions (149) and receiving yards (2,107) and won three-straight SEC Championships from 1993-95. His 31 receiving touchdowns are the most in school history and were the most in the SEC until 2020. In his All-American senior season in 1995, Doering had 70 receptions for 1,045 yards and 17 touchdowns. Drafted by Jacksonville in 1996, he made appearances with Indianapolis, Denver, Washington, and Pittsburgh over six seasons, playing in 40 games while battling injury. Since retiring, Doering has performed as an analyst with ESPN, NBC, and the SEC Network and runs his own mortgage company.

Warrick Dunn

Dunn gained notoriety during Florida State University’s most successful era, winning two National Championships in his four years. The All-American in football and track and field became the 1st FSU running back to have 3-straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons and ended his career as FSU’s all-time leader in rushing with 3,959 yards. After being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1st round in 1997, Dunn was named AP Rookie of the Year, beginning a 12-year career that also took him to Atlanta and the brink of a Super Bowl. After retiring, Dunn was 14th in the league in all-purpose yards (15,306) and 19th in rushing yards (10,967). The Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2004 and current minority owner of the Falcons has spent a majority of his post-retirement supporting single-parent families through his Warrick Dunn Charities.

Carl Everett

Everett played for 14 seasons in Major League Baseball with eight teams. A Tampa native, Everett was a letterman in high school in track, football, and baseball. After graduating in 1990, he was selected 10th overall by the New York Yankees in the MLB Draft. The Florida Marlins selected Everett in the 1992 MLB expansion draft, with whom he made his MLB debut in 1993. Everette was a switch hitter with a high slugging percentage during his tenure. Everett joined the Boston Red Sox for the 2000 season, where he hit a career-high 34 home runs en route to being named to his first All-Star Game. Everett played for the White Sox for three seasons (2003-05), where he was named an All-Star for the second time (2003). He also helped the White Sox to their first World Series in 88 years in 2005. Everett retired after the 2006 season with a career .271 batting average, 202 home runs, and 792 RBIs.

Marshall Faulk

Faulk, from New Orleans, burst into the national spotlight at San Diego State, where he rushed for 4,589 yards and 57 touchdowns in three seasons. In 1992, he rushed for 1,630 yards and 18 touchdowns and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. The two-time All-American was drafted second overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1994 NFL Draft and earned Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl MVP honors in his first season. From 1998 to 2001, Faulk posted four-consecutive seasons with over 2,000 all-purpose yards and transformed the running back position. In 1999, while with the St. Louis Rams, he set an NFL record with 2,429 yards from scrimmage, leading the Rams to the Super Bowl title. Faulk finished three-straight seasons as the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and was named the 2000 NFL MVP. The seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro has the most all-time receiving yards (6,875) for a running back and is the only player in the NFL to have over 70 rushing touchdowns and 30 receiving touchdowns. Faulk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

William Floyd

Raised in Jacksonville, Floyd became a menacing fullback at Florida State where he scored 20 touchdowns over a three-year career that included a National Championship in 1993. Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1st round, Floyd became the 1st rookie to score 3 touchdowns in a playoff game during the 1995 Divisional Playoff against the Chicago Bears. He also scored in the NFC Championship against the Dallas Cowboys during the 49ers’ road to victory in Super Bowl XXIX, a rare NCAA-NFL champion in back-to-back seasons. Following a 7-year pro career that included over 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving and 25 touchdowns, Floyd performs as an analyst for the Seminole IMG Sports Network and is the Executive Director of his Bar None Foundation, which funds scholarships and grassroots community outreach programs.

Carl Franks

Carl Franks has over 42 years of coaching and playing experience at collegiate and professional levels. Franks served as the head football coach of Duke University, his alma mater, for five seasons from 1999-2003. As a player for the Blue Devils, he caught the game-winning touchdown as a senior to beat their rivals UNC, 23-17. He was an assistant coach for the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, and VMI. During his coaching tenure, he amassed five SEC championships with UF, one ACC Championship with Duke, and the 1996 National Championship with the Gators, winning the Sugar Bowl 52-20 over Florida State. Franks also coached for a season under Steve Spurrier with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL prior to his move to the collegiate level. Franks coached running backs, linebackers, and wide receivers and was a recruiting coordinator throughout his coaching career. As a recruiting coordinator with the Gators, he helped bring in the nation’s top recruiting class in 1992. Notable players coached and recruited by Franks include Errict Rhett, Fred Taylor, Jevon Kearse, Chris Doering, Reidel Anthony and James Bates.

Rickey Jackson

Born and raised in Pahokee, Florida, Jackson’s time at Pahokee High School earned him the honor of being named to the All-Century Team as one of the Top 33 players of the last 100 years in Florida, in 2007. He played four years at the University of Pittsburgh before he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints as the 53rd overall draft pick in the 1981 NFL draft. He spent 13 seasons with the Saints as a member of the “Dome Patrol” and was selected to seven Pro Bowls and Second-Team All-Pro five times. In the 1994 season, Jackson joined the San Francisco 49ers where he won his first championship in Super Bowl XXIX. He retired after the 1995 season with 136 sacks and 18 interceptions for 68 yards in his career. Jackson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Danny Kanell

Kanell grew up in Fort Lauderdale and played quarterback at Florida State University from 1992 to 1995. In his first start in 1993, he threw for 341 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 49-20 win over Maryland, and the Seminoles went on to the win the National Championship. In 1994, as the full-time starter, he threw for 2,781 yards and 17 touchdowns. In the final regular season game against Florida, he led a 31-3 comeback to tie the game 31-31, then beat the Gators in the Sugar Bowl to finish the season 10-1-1 and fourth in the final AP poll. In 1995, he threw for 2,957 yards and 31 touchdowns, and the Seminoles defeated Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl to conclude a 10-2 season and another top-five ranking. Kanell was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ended his career with 6,372 passing yards and 57 touchdowns, then a school record. Drafted by the New York Giants in 1996, he became a starter midway through the 1997 season and led the Giants to the NFC East title. The following season, he threw for career-highs 259 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Kanell played two seasons with Atlanta and spent a season playing minor league baseball before concluding his football career in Denver. He had 5,129 passing yards and 31 touchdowns throughout his NFL career. In 2012, Kanell was inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame. After retiring, he joined ESPN as a college football analyst and host and now splits his time between Fox Sports as an analyst and his own talk shows on Sirius XM.

Joe Logan

Logan played minor league ball in the Montréal Expos organization from 1989-1991, followed by one year in the independent Northern League in 1993. The Expos drafted Logan in the 28th round of the 1989 draft out of Florida Southern College in Lakeland. At Florida Southern, Logan was an All-American and led the Mocs to a national championship. In the minors, he finished his debut season with the Jamestown Jammers 4-7 with a 2.88 ERA helping them to the New York-Penn League title. He split 1990 between the Rockford Expos and the West Palm Beach Expos earning an 11-2 record with a 2.53 ERA. Following his professional baseball career, he has worked with Barry Larkin as a “sports diplomacy envoy” with the US Department of State and is also the owner and head coach of the Orlando Reds, a travel baseball team. Logan has trained young players for nearly two decades, teaching them the importance of teamwork, discipline, accountability, and both winning and losing with grace in addition to the game’s fundamentals.

Fred McCrary

Raised in Naples, Florida, McCrary played 11 seasons in the NFL from 1995-2007 with six different teams, including a Super Bowl Championship with the New England Patriots. Growing up playing basketball, football and track, he was named his school’s athlete of the year after his senior year of high school in 1991. He played his college ball at Mississippi State where he started at running back for two years. McCrary was drafted in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he transitioned to fullback for the remainder of his career. McCrary spent three seasons with the San Diego Chargers during which he was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2000. In 2003, McCrary played for the New England Patriots, helping them win their second title in franchise history at Super Bowl XXXVII.

Graeme McDowell

McDowell, who hails from Portrush, Northern Ireland, joined the PGA Tour in 2006 following an amateur career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he won the Fred Haskins Award for the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. With 4 PGA Tour wins, 10 European Tour wins, and 17 top-25 finishes in the majors, McDowell’s biggest victory came in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in which he became the first player from Northern Ireland to win the event as well as the first European since 1970. That same year, he beat Tiger Woods in a playoff to win the Chevron Challenge. In 2011, he reached number 4 in the World Golf Rankings, his highest-ever ranking, and the following year he finished tied for 12th in The Masters, tied for 2nd in the U.S. Open, tied for 5th in The Open, and tied for 10th at the PGA Championship. Internationally, McDowell helped Great Britain-Ireland retain the Walker Cup in 2001 and has won the Seve Trophy twice and the Royal Trophy as represented Ireland in the World Cup 5 times. Appearing in four Ryder Cups, McDowell compiled an 8-5-2 record, winning the event three times, and his final put on the 17th hole in 2010 earned a 2 and 1 win, securing Europe’s 14.5 to 13.5 victory.

Brad Miller

An Orlando, Florida native, Miller has played 11 seasons in the MLB. Out of high school, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2008 MLB draft but chose to attend Clemson University on a full baseball scholarship. At Clemson in 2011, Miller’s junior season, he led the ACC in batting average and on-base percentage, with .395 and .498 respectively. He received the Brooks Wallace Award at the end of the season, as college baseball’s best shortstop. Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2011, where he played in the minor leagues before signing his first contract with them in 2013. In 2016, Miller was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, where he starred as a utility player, and attained a single-season career high 30 home runs.  He has played for seven MLB teams and played in 1,055 games over the course of his MLB career, most recently with the Texas Rangers during their World Series campaign last season.

Kenny Shaw

Former Florida State wide receiver Kenny Shaw is an Orlando native and Dr. Phillips High School graduate who appeared in 52 games for the ‘Noles between 2010 and 2013. While in Tallahassee, Shaw racked up 124 total catches for 1,919 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns as Florida State took home three ACC Atlantic Division titles and two ACC championships. Shaw was also FSU’s third-leading receiver and earned an All-ACC Third Team nod during the 2013-14 season, which ended with the program’s most recent BCS National Championship. Shaw also caught four passes for 64 yards in Florida State’s win over Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl (now Pop-Tarts Bowl). His professional career included stints with the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders (2014) as well as stops with Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatchewan and Edmonton of the CFL.

Kordell Stewart

Stewart played 11 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback, though he was able to fill other roles on the field as needed by his team. Stewart’s college career resulted in numerous set records for the University of Colorado, including most passes completed, most passing yards, and most touchdown passes. In a game against the University of Michigan in 1994, Stewart threw a Hail-Mary for 64-yards to win in the final seconds. In the second round of the 1995 draft, Steward was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played for eight seasons. He went on to aid the Steelers in their journey to Super Bowl XXX, ultimately losing to the Dallas Cowboys. Stewart ended his time with the Steelers in 2002, going on to play for the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens before calling it a career in 2005. Stewart was featured next to Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, and Eric Lindros on the first cover of ESPN The Magazine. He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2001 and was a Second-Team All-American with Colorado in 1994.

Tommy Townsend

Townsend is a two-time Super Bowl champion entering the fifth year of his NFL career, and the first with the Houston Texans. Born and raised in Orlando, Townsend played college football at Tennessee and Florida and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020 as an undrafted free agent. He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after his first season. In 2022, he recorded 53 punts for 2,672 yards for a 50-yard average, was recognized as First-Team All-Pro and was invited to the Pro Bowl. As a member of the Chiefs, Townsend won back-to-back Super Bowls in 2022 and 2023. The Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles i Super Bowl LVII, where Townsend had two punts for 98 yards. In Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers, he punted five times for 254 yards in the game, helping the Chiefs to their second straight championship. Townsend signed with the Houston Texans ahead of the 2024 season.


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