NFL Legend Hosts Hall of Fame Golf Invitational

Former NFL Player, Fred Biletnikoff hosted his 20th Invitational for Charity
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As Mental Health Awareness Month kicks off, one former NFL legend is using his platform for good. He is also using the game of golf. A week ago, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Fred Biletnikoff hosted his Charity Invitational for the 20th year. The Charity Golf Event is meant to raise awareness for tackling domestic violence and human trafficking.

Biletnikoff was a Hall of Fame receiver for the then-Oakland Raiders in the 1960s and 1970s. His daughter, Tracy, was strangled to death by her boyfriend in 1999. The altercation was due to a previous argument between the two. The boyfriend was convicted of murder in 2012.

Since then, he and his wife have attempted to raise awareness for domestic violence and mental health.

The charity golf event took place in Summerlin near Las Vegas.

In addition to the invitational, there is a charity auction featuring things such as tickets to both the Las Vegas Raiders and Aces games. "We deeply appreciate your invaluable contributions,” Fred and Angela Biletnikoff commented to the generous supporters.

"Your benevolence has played a crucial role in providing hope and assistance to those in need and wish to offer our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all who share their willingness to join us in tackling domestic violence and human trafficking."

The Biletnikoff Foundation also raised money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. The tournament typically features both celebrities and former players of the Raiders. This year's players included Hall of Famers, Rod Woodson and Tim Brown.

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Golf can be a way for many people to come together for the love of the game and the ability to provide much-needed assistance to those in need at events such as this. In the 20 years since the Invitational's inception, the Biletnikoff Foundation has raised more than 10 million dollars for charity.